Sunday, May 31, 2015

Heat wave's coming... heading north. Good bye, Elephant Butte!

We have been staying at Cedar Cove RV Park in Elephant Butte, New Mexico.  It's right outside the town of Elephant Butte.  I paid for a month to see how we did staying in one place for four weeks.  Actually, if the weather cooperated it would have been fine, but 90+ degree weather is predicted starting today and lasting for a while, so it's time to move north.

This is a very affordable RV park.  It's on four levels, most of the come-and-go people are on the first level where I am, close to the office, dog park, laundry, picnic area, and other amenities.  There are many year-round residents, a few on this level, but most on the lower levels. There are different size sites, some are back-ins, just plain full-hook-up sites like mine, some have a concrete pad, some are drive through, others have a shade structure.  On the lower levels the sites are wider and longer and some have storage sheds.  They are priced differently by the type of site.

Below is the office which includes a really nice patio on the side and to the rear of the building.  One evening when Katie had tons of energy and wanted to run, I took her there and let her off leash (which is allowed - it's a fenced in area) and she ran like crazy down the lawn, along the patio and back.  She was so excited to be running on lawn - actually running at all.  She was so happy.

The building has a laundry on the right side, outside the laundry door is a small room with a couch where I waited while my wash/dry cycles were going.  It has a bookcase full of audiobooks, books and magazines.  The building has bathrooms with large showers, a very large kitchen/meeting room, a smaller room housing the library, where there are books and videos, and also where the mail is delivered.  Everything is decorated nicely and very well kept and the staff here are all very friendly and helpful.  By the way, in the office they sell all kinds of things - RV accessories, some food treats, and they even have a freezer with Schwan's frozen foods you can buy.  They've thought of everything.

One of the old rusty items here in the park - this is on the patio:

After her run, I put Katie back in the stroller and we walked home.

There is a little picnic area across from the office.  It has a bar-b-que and water spigot.  Over Memorial Day the park put on a dinner of bar-b-qued hamburgers and hot dogs.  Since I'm on my new eating plan, we went over and chatted for a bit, then went home for our poached chicken dinner.

In addition to the RV sites, there are three park models for rent at a three day minimum.  One is 1-bedroom, and two are 2-bedrooms.  It's nice for the full time residents here, or even people like me moving around, to have these on-site where friends or relatives can come and visit for a few days or longer and be right here where we are.
Below is the fenced dog corral.  It's right behind our site on a little hill and one morning Katie was barking and looking toward the kitchen window.  There was a woman there with two dogs that were just having the best time.  They ran and ran, one jumped all over the other and then they ran and ran again. 

There's an area with a lot of old, rusty farm equipment, and also others around the park.

Here's our site - nothing fancy, but nice.  There was no one on one side for most of the time, and the other side has a 5th wheel that has been unoccupied the whole time we've been here.  Big rocks, trees and bushes and cactus separate the sites and actually provide quite a bit of privacy.

We had these blooming cactus plants on each side of our site:

Lizards would spend time in the heat of the day lounging on the rocks.  Katie was after this one, and he went under one of flat rocks.   Can you see him?  This isn't such a great hiding place, buddy!  Katie always went right to the rocks each time she went out the door for a walk to see if any lizards were there.

One day I noticed something moving out the window, and there was a Roadrunner walking along on the side of The Palms.  I was taking his photo when he took off:

Then he stopped by the tree:

See how different he looks when he raises his top feathers and tail?

Then he got back down into traveling mode:

And away he went.

I wasn't expecting to see Roadrunners here, so that was a really nice bonus.  Lots of other birds here, too, doves, quail, etc., but you don't need to see them again. 

As Katie and I were taking our afternoon walk one day, we saw a snake on the path.  I wasn't sure about him - he wasn't moving, but looked like he was alive.  So I took a small rock and tossed it his way and he didn't move.  I'm not up on snakes, his tail didn't look like rattles, but...  I still didn't want to step over him.
We walked off the path onto the road to get around him.  He was pretty long and showed no signs of being run over or smashed in any way.  I don't like snakes, but seeing them is always exciting and I have to get a photo.  Anyone know what kind of snake this is?

I saw this large flowering cactus along the road, too.   

Very pretty blooms.

There are some rock cairns at the entrance of the RV park.  I always enjoy seeing them, and have made a few myself over the years.

Here are more cairns, and five stars in red rock - A Five Star RV Park?

WELCOME to our latest follower, Charlie Downunder in OZ! This is his blogger profile, "G'day ... my name is Charlie and I come from the land downunder. I live in Noosa, Queensland, Australia. I'm a whippet and a VERY GOOD looking whippet at that! Even if I do say so myself. I'm VERY enthusiastic about life. I LOVE everything and everybody. I also love to run .... I think that's a whippet thing! My favourite place to run is the beach. I used to be on dogster but when I heard it was closing down all my mates said I had to come here ... so here I am. It's not closing now but I like it here so here I'm going to stay. Crikey ... I hope you'll all follow me. I love to make new friends!!"  His favorite movie: I was named after Charlie Allnut in the African Queen with Humphrey Bogart so I guess I have to like that film.  I'm not much into films though.   His favorite music:  Phill Collins ... Dad plays it all the time so I HAVE to like it!    Charlie's favorite book:  All books ... I love ripping them to pieces.

I remember driving around the campground with my friend, Hazel, exercising her Greyhounds.  She would talk about her blog, her followers and the people she followed.  She communicated with many of them, and one that I specifically remember is Charlie.  Hazel thought it was so interesting that the DOG wrote the blog posts, and she thought he was so funny.  If there was a recent post from Charlie, she always related to me what he said. And Charlie: she felt bad that she thought you were a Greyhound.  And embarrassed!  She said you set her straight - so funny.   :)

Thanks for following along with us, Charlie.  Katie is so happy to have another dog along on our adventures!  :)

So...  tomorrow morning we are heading north to Storrie Lake State Park.  It's cooler there and we will be more comfortable.  I wanted to stop overnight at Albuquerque, but it's going to be blazing hot there, so we might just push on through to Storrie Lake. We'll see how it goes.

From me and Katie, have a great Sunday, everybody!  :)

PS:  I couldn't resist, it's so uncanny...


  1. Looks like my first comment didn't make it in. I am enamored of the wood roadrunner next to the real roadrunner. What a striking image. Synchronistic.

    1. I know! He's just amazing. I'm so lucky to have him in my pantry. :)

  2. Beautiful blooming cactus. Looks like a nice place too bad you had to run from the heat or maybe you were ready to move on. Wandering gets addictive I'm sure.

    1. I think I would have stayed the whole month if the weather had been cooler. But you're right, wandering is addictive. Maybe even in my genes. :)

  3. Enjoy viewing where your camped, looks like a very nice park.
    Can't help but wonder why you don't move to cooler locations like Oregon or Colorado
    during the hot season. After so much desert, cool green seems inviting!
    Enjoy your posts and admire your self sufficient life style. 😊

    1. Hi Linda - the first year on the road I did that. We went through Oregon right at the beginning, and the following summer I headed to Colorado to get out of the heat. But here in New Mexico, and also in Arizona, there are places where the altitude is high enough to stay cool enough. Storrie Lake and Bluewater Lake are both high enough to work for me. And ... less gas and less driving. I also really like these parks. With the annual pass, $225 for an out-of-state camper like me, I can camp all year for free if I'm dry camping, or only $4 a night for electricity. Perfect for a frugal budget! Also, Bluewater is very green - lots of trees. That's where I'm headed next. :)

  4. Looks like you found yourself a little Gopher Snake. Very beneficial, non-venomous, shy and non-threatening unless threatened... Here is a little write up about them...

    1. Thank you, very interesting. I thought he was a very pretty snake. Gopher Snake - I think I've seen those before. :)

  5. Beautiful pictures, as always! I'm at Storrie Lake SP, I'll wander down tomorrow and introduce myself, if that's ok?

  6. Crikey Barbara ..... Thankyou so much for that warm welcome. That was so nice of you. I'm so glad Mum and I found Hazel. We really enjoyed her blog and now, through her, we have met you. How good is that?? I'm sure Hazel is enjoying watching from afar and hooking us up with new friends .... her friends!! Thanks Hazel.
    That roadrunner and your pantry roadrunner ... Fair dinkum!! That's uncanny alright. I'm so glad you managed to uncover him in your pantry. We don't have roadrunners over here. Mum thought they were just a figment of someones imagination.
    That RV park (we call 'em caravan parks) looks amazing. Ours are getting a bit better these days but they still aren't anything to write home about and in our country towns most of them are downright disgusting. In the outback they are even worse than disgusting.
    Hey Katie ..... I hope you get to catch one of those lizard blokes soon. I love to chase lizards. Crikey ...... I love to chase anything. Wish I could go for a run with you. We'd have fun, aye??
    Enjoy your new home!!

    1. Well, Charlie - when I first rescued Katie, I knew she was at least part Chihuahua, and she LOVED to run. She's really fast, to. Because of her bone structure the vet thought she was part Whippet. I thought that was pretty cool. So, she would probably have loved to run with you. Turns out she is a Deer Chihuahua, they are shaped kind of like you are I think. Very fast runners. (Sometimes I wonder if Hazel is able to check in once in a while and give us silent advice from Heaven. I hope so.)

  7. Thanks for the tour of the campground. One of these days we hope to get out west. I added it to my Pinterest page..but I have to confess, I had to Google it to see what state you were in. Couldn't remember. :)

    1. Hi Karen, honestly, I often have no idea where most RV bloggers are, and it doesn't matter to me - because I just enjoy reading their posts. I travel between two states, Arizona in the winter and New Mexico in the summer. Too hot in Arizona? Head to NM. Too cold in Northern NM? Head to Arizona. It's a no brainer. Probably like you guys, when it's time, you move to your other location. Sure makes life easy! :)

    2. PS - I added New Mexico to my first paragraph. I guess if I'm going to tell you all about an RV park, I should let you know the whole address. LOL My bad!

  8. Enjoy your new campsite! Loved that last photo, soooo cool!

  9. Thanks, Dawn! We made it to Storrie Lake and are settled in. I love this park.

    I know! Isn't it amazing how much those two roadrunners look alike? :)

  10. It looks really nice there!! (Jotting that down for future reference) Still workcamping here. 90' weather. I think I'm loosing weight out there trimming trees!! lol.
    Love the roadrunner but I would have been walking on the tops of the plants aftyer seeing the snake. Rat snake?? Sheila


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