Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Villanueva and Bluewater Lake State Parks

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First, Martha Perez, Martha Berriera!  Martha doesn't show a blog, but she shows interests in biking, reading, crocheting, and nature as well as - of course - her kids.  Martha, thank you for following along with me and Katie!

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Welcome aboard to you both!  :)

So...  Katie and I left Storrie Lake early last Wednesday and headed to Villanueva State Park, NM where we stayed only one night.  We got there in the morning about 11, and there wasn't much left as far as electrical sites.  Just one, and it wasn't a very good site.  There was also the group site, which I was told I could take for one night.  I am meeting Hazel and Cari here today, but they have made reservations, so they have decent sites.

Some of the sites are "doubles," there's one electric post and the two sites are on either side, so you're pretty close to your neighbor.  Not my favorite kind of site.  So, I hooked up at the group site and it was actually okay.  Lots of room.

 The Palms at the Villanueva State Park Group Campsite

A little while later, another rig drove up, backed up to my kitchen window and plugged into the other side of the the electrical post.  I felt like they were in my kitchen.  My neighbors:

 Nice view out the kitchen window. 
Good morning, would you like some coffee?  :(

Then a while later, another rig drove up and parked on the other side, not quite as close, but my view out the front windshield was gone.   I really don't like to park that close to neighbors, especially on two sides of The Palms.  But...  it was only for one night.  I planned to leave early the next morning for Bluewater Lake State Park again.

I did see a couple of critters that were interesting.  These squirrels had a big hole under the fenced propane tank and were having a blast running around inside the chain link fence.  They were running up and down the fence.  Katie and I watched them for a while, and when I walked up closer, they all ran for the hole and went underground.

I saw this bird on a wire over the road, this was a new one for me.  I guess I should look it up, but I haven't yet.   Anyone know what kind of bird this is?

 Bird on a Wire

The park and the area are beautiful, there are electrical and dry camping sites on the floor of the park, and some really  nice dry camping sites in an upper campground.  I don't know why, but I didn't like the upper campsites and wanted to be on the floor of the campground.  This campground has NO cell or Internet service (maybe spotty service in the upper campground-depending on where you are), so I hadn't planned to be there for more than a day or two.  In a nice campsite I might have stayed a little longer, but I didn't like where we were parked, so one night was all I wanted to stay.

Katie and I took a couple of short walks on the other side of the river and down the road a way.  As I said, this area is really pretty, and if you are lucky and can do without cell service, there are some campsites right on the river.

 Bridge over the Pecos River near the group campsite.

This Horno (pronounced "or-no")  below is a traditional pueblo beehive-shaped adobe oven used mostly for baking and roasting.  It didn't look like this one was ever used, so it's probably a display of the ovens the local Indians used. 
 Horno Adobe Oven

We were on the road at 7:15 the next morning and drove to Bluewater State Park.  Still my favorite park so far.  I was happy to be back here, and found an electrical site for $4/night with my annual pass.  I moved a couple of times - sometimes it takes me a couple of days to find just the right site, and ended up yesterday in site 14, the one I was in during my last visit.  I like this site because it's level, The Palms is pointed in the right direction - due west - so I don't get much sun in the larger side windows, and I have a great view of the big field across the road where the horses graze.

On Saturday night we had a beautiful Harvest Moon, a gorgeous huge orange moon as it came up over the horizon.

Good night from Katie.
That's it for now.  From beautiful Bluewater Lake, have a great Tuesday evening, everyone!  :)


  1. I might be able to share that close parking with good friends, but strangers would be a different ball game. Katie is such a cutie.

  2. I always love the pictures of your rig from the side, like the one you show today. It is so pretty.

  3. Too close for me...I think Katie was fed up with the situation as well!

  4. Well, love that Harvest Moon and of course Ms Katie in her comfort zone..have been following you for quite some time and have been out in your area years ago..so you are bring back memories to me ! Keep taking them great pictures..God Bless Zeee and Critters 3

    Psst..also have your blog on mine for others to enjoy as we women venture out and about.


  5. Looks like Katie likes that site too !!!!!

  6. I hate it when the neighbors are that close! That's the great thing about RVing you can pack up and move! Looks like a lovely area....

  7. your unknown bird is most likely a Cedar Waxwing...

  8. We've been to most of the NM state parks but haven't stayed at Villanueva yet. Looks nice but we can't go too long without internet!

  9. I haven't figured out what the bird is yet but I don't think it is a cedar waxwing. They are much more leather color and don't have the white bar on the tail.

  10. Too close for comfort! I would have wanted out too.

  11. I've always wondered why so people park so close when there is so much space ??

    I'm also like you in that I don't stay places where I can't get an Internet connection.

  12. Katie sure looks nice and relaxed. Glad you are back in a site that you like. The moon shot is great.

  13. Nope wouldn't like neighbors that close either! Your Katie is such a cutie!! Don't know the bird...darn.

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