Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Elephant Butte

We are now back at Elephant Butte State Park... where we were in May 2010.   We're in the same campground AND the same site!  It's so nice... the lake is so blue and the sun is so warm!


We left City of Rocks on Saturday, after a wonderful breakfast that Al and Phyl fixed for us... then we said good-bye.

Now let's go back to where we left off last post... It was last Thursday, and we were on our way to Silver City for the day.  The place really wasn't very exciting, but we enjoyed wandering, and we went out for Mexican lunch!

Friday we did more exploring and walking the park... got together for Nachos, burgers and games.  We've added Yahtzee to our game playing.

Back at Saturday...  
We weren't sure if we were going to stay at Caballo Lake or Elephant Butte.  Caballo Lake SP is just South of Elephant Butte.  We checked out the campground by the river, and there was one site left, but the campground was packed with weekenders, so we decided to move on to Elephant Butte... and we are glad we did.
Friends, Jim and Lori (not to be confused with James and Laura that we also met here last May), are staying in Truth or Consequences (which is next door to Elephant Butte), so its good that we ended up staying here.  We have been able to get together several times.  They came over Sunday, then Monday evening Lori made us green chili chicken enchiladas.  Last time we were here, she made us the most awesome burritos.

Last time we were here, we had our chopper with us...
so we rode together.

As usual, we have made plans and changed plans several times in the last couple weeks... even the last couple days.   One of the latest plans was to leave yesterday, and take our time getting back to Oregon... stopping in Albuquerque and Las Vegas.  But NOW the plan is to leave tomorrow (Thursday) morning, and put in 300 miles a day, getting us to our destination of Grants Pass, Oregon in 5 or 6 days. 
Its not that we are that indecisive all on our own... the problem has been the weather in Southern Oregon.  We have been watching the extended forecast, and adjusting our plans accordingly.  But the extended forecast changed drastically this morning, so we have given up on that being a deciding factor.  It will be what it is when we get there!
When we are there, we stay on our friend's property, and we dont want to be parked in mud... but we will figure something out. 
Our camphost jobs, throughout Oregon, start on May 1st, so we would like to be in Grants Pass for 3 weeks before we leave again.  It will have been 6 months since we left last time, so we have some catching up to do with friends and family.
We spent today packing up things outside and inside, and preparing quick meals for the trip.  We feel organized and ready to go first thing in the morning.
We're considering boondocking each night of the 1540 mile trip, but we'll just have to wait and see where we are at each evening, when we are done traveling for the day.
I may do a short blog post each day of our traveling, to let awaiting family and friends know of our progress and to share any interesting events or pictures of the days drive.  Besides, the TV in the living room is broke and I may need something to do when we stop for the night.  Or I may blog as we roll along!

Here's to our last night in a New Mexico State Park!


  1. We are so happy when you told us about Elephant Butte. It is one of our favorite spots!

    We hope your travels go smoothly and the weather cooperates. Safe Travels.

  2. YOu might want to reconsider the 101 going north in California. There was a mudslide that closed it this morning in extremem Northern Cal. Check the highway patrol as you near.

  3. safe travels to you both as you head north!!...and we hope the weather holds out!!

  4. Good luck on your traveling. Hope to come over for a chat when u are at Prineville Res!!!

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