“That one looks good”, I say to hubby as I point to the campsite. “Are you sure you don’t want me to drive around the loop?”, he questions. “Nope, looks perfect and level”. Within fifteen minutes we’re all set up in site #25 at Rockhound State Park near Deming, New Mexico.
What a pleasant surprise this little state park turned out to be. All the sites are large, well spaced, and most are pretty level. I’ll admit I was tempted to return to City of Rocks State Park as I was so enamored by that place last winter, but that campground is located 30 miles north of the interstate and Rockhound is only 12 miles off the interstate.
Since we’re only staying one night we even tossed around staying at the Escapees Club Park – Dream Catcher RV Park. That RV Park is right in the town of Deming making it easy on and off the interstate. But you know me, it’s all about the views…. gotta have those views! I’ll gladly give up hook-ups for views, but here I’ve got views AND electric…. score.
While my chauffeur checks out
his MacGyver’s handy work to make sure the repairs held together after a 4 1/2 hour drive, I check out the hiking. How convenient for us to be parked right across the street from the Thunder Egg Trail trailhead. This is an easy 1.1 mile trail that leads from the campground to the day use picnic area. It meanders along the Small Florida Mountain Range.
There’s prickly pear in every direction along with various yucca plants. But the main attraction here are the rocks. Folks come here in search of precious gem rocks. The gathering and collecting of rocks is ok and expected.
Yep, feel free to help yourself to a few rocks. Personally, I didn’t take even one rock as visions of Lucille Ball in the Long, Long Trailer came to mind.
Moving on down the road, we continue our journey toward the town of Alamogordo, New Mexico……
The Practical Geologist: The Introductory Guide to the Basics of Geology and to Collecting and Identifying Rocks
Smithsonian Handbooks: Rocks & Minerals (Smithsonian Handbooks)
TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Comedy (Arsenic and Old Lace / A Night at the Opera / The Long Long Trailer / Father of the Bride 1950)