A Pleasant Surprise

“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.

Rockhound State Park
Rockhound State Park, Deming, New Mexico

RVing in New MexicoWhat 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.

Rockhound state park
site #25 Rockhound State Park, Deming, New Mexico

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.

RVing in New Mexico
Thunder Egg Trail

hiking at Rockhound State ParkWhile 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.RVing in New Mexico

RVing in New MexicoThere’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.

All in all, we loved our one night stay at Rockhound State Park and hope to return for a longer stay next year.RV in New Mexico

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)
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Meet Hildi

After a wonderful fun-filled week with our children, we dropped our son off at the Denver Airport then returned to the RV and later that evening bid farewell to our daughter.  Well, a temporary farewell.  We’re off to Rocky Mountain National Park for a few days and we’ll most likely be off-line during our stay.  But before leaving town, I thought I’d share our story about “Hildi”.

Enjoy my tale and I’ll catch up with you next week 😃

sunrise at the beach

Meet Hildi …

It’s early December and we’re in the midst of the Christmas shopping season. Al and I are out and about running some weekly errands. Hubby see’s a Best Buy and recommends we step in to check out some DVD’s. Since we don’t have satellite TV, we rely on our RV antenna for television reception. Our location determines how many channels are available.

hummingbirdRidgway State Park in Colorado and Moab, Utah, presented zero reception, as in nada, zilch. We were excited when boondocking in Quartzsite, Arizona, when the scanner seemed to pick up 5 channels. That is until we realized only one was in English. No hablo español. So it’s at these times we resort to our DVD collection.

Thus, we head into the store in search of some new DVD’s to add to our library and that’s when Al sees her … just down the aisle to the left of the DVD’s. He’s drawn to her sleek hard body. He finds her irresistible. Ever so cautiously he approaches her. He finds his hand slowly gliding down her side. She doesn’t respond.

He lovingly touches a button off to the left and that’s when she responds. Al’s face glows in delight as she lights up and verbally responds to his touch. He freely fondles her with both hands and that’s when she appears to get skittish. He slows his touch, she continues to respond to his gentle caresses. The two are totally engrossed with one another.

I stand-off to the side with my arms crossed. Personally, I don’t know what he sees in her. And that voice of hers ….. monotone and annoying, but Al is enthralled. He barely notices me standing there. I wonder if I need to get a bucket of cold water to pry the two apart. Finally, the trance is broken. Al pulls himself away as we walk to the next aisle, but not without a final glance her way.

We pick up the final season of Big Love to add to our collection, but before heading to the check out aisle, we walk back down HER aisle. It is the Christmas season after all. Al’s a good husband and puts up with my shenanigans. Tis the season to give. I turn to Al and say, “Hon, if you want her, you can have her”. He responds wide-eyed, “Seriously, you’re okay with this”? “Yes, let’s take her home. Mind you, I’m not sure I trust her, but I’ll have an open mind”. Meet Hildi ….

On that note, we brought Hildi home and welcomed her to the family. Now Al has two wives telling him how to drive. Isn’t he lucky? Hildi sits between Al and me in the front seat. During our first trip together, she remained quiet for most of the drive from Phoenix, Arizona, to Canyon Lake in Texas. With the campground at Canyon Lake full, we were off to a RV Park. We found ourselves in unfamiliar territory and thought we could use a little help finding the Rio Raft RV Park in New Braunfels, Texas, and turned to Hildi for assistance.

I fumble with my maps in an attempt to get my bearings while Al fondly strokes Hildi. She responds in that monotone voice of hers giving him clear directions on where to go. It’s a battle of the wenches and clearly Hildi won this first round. Feeling somewhat dejected, I accept the fact that Hildi did a great job of getting us to the RV Park.

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A week later …

It’s now New Year’s Eve and time for Al and I to head toward our next location – Rockport, Texas. I bring out the map and we review the route I’d like to take. There are two possible routes to get to our destination. Al thinks I’ve picked the slightly longer route. I disagree. We hop in the truck and Al turns Hildi on, which is easy to do, but boy don’t touch her wrong – she’s a temperamental little gal.  Thankfully she has this cute little return arrow that seems to calm her down.

Great Blue HeronsShe tells Al when and where to turn and even beeps when we approach a school zone, giving Al clear warning to slow down. Al’s beginning to wonder what he’s gotten himself into and responds, “Great, now I have two women telling me how to drive and when to slow down”. I smile and whisper to Hildi, “Nice job”.

As we approach Interstate 35 in south Texas, Hildi tells Al to make a right. I tell Al to make a right. It looks to be more of a frontage road than an on ramp and thus he does NOT make a right. The sister wives recalculate. Hubby wants to turn around. His two wives tell him to go straight and make the next right. He’s out voted and thus listens to the two women. The quick I-35 jog was circumvented and we find ourselves on the correct road in short order.

Who’s the better kisser?

Since Hildi and I are starting to get along and agreeing more and more, I inform Al to let Hildi determine the rest of our route. “I promise not to override her, but I’m still keeping a close eye on where she takes us. I still don’t trust her”. Al’s happy his two wives won’t be fighting.

That wasn’t the case earlier in the day when I clearly disagreed with Hildi and made my opinion known. Poor Al was torn between which wife to listen to. He finally came to his senses when I asked him, “Who’s the better kisser?” I thought so! Smart man … I’ll always be wife number one. He continues via my directions making Hildi recalculate.

After an eventful laughter filled three-hour drive, we arrive at our destination at Goose Island State Park near Rockport, Texas.  I’m sure the tale of two wives shall continue…..

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