How did I end up here? Why did I rush to get here with no groceries, no books to read? I was heading to Silver City, but heard on the radio that there were thunderstorms expected in Deming, NM. How great to experience the desert in the spring after thunderstorms! I raced towards the City of Rocks State Park, just north of Deming. What I didn’t expect was the rush of emotions when I bought the 1 year pass to all of the New Mexico state parks. It was as though I was stepping off into a new journey. ($225 = $18.75/mo gets me 14 days at a time for free in all of the NM state parks.)
The first thing I did was try to deal with wind. This is a very windy place (sometimes 32-37 mph sustained wind with gusts of 47-50 mph). I camped in the windiest place, figuring that it was time that I dealt with my dislike of wind. I had this desire to dance with the wind, make peace with the wind. Ha. I moved after three days of getting peppered with gravel and sand.
I moved to the site above. #23. The cave gave 24 hour wind protection, afternoon shade. I was in heaven once I moved. The park has great trails, vault toilets nearby, water nearby, and free SHOWERS at the entrance. And a bursting lending library.
And blooming cactus, and blooming mesquite, and blooming ocotillo.
I love this City of Rocks State Park. I stayed 12 days, totally running out of food on day 10 (except for 2 granola bars).
If the rest of New Mexico State Parks are like this I am one very happy camper. I am headed (I think) to Pancho Villa State Park and then Rockhound State Park. But something may come up and I will end up in a completely different place. Ah. The joys of being retired!