Location: Elephant Butte State Park, Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Margo states, “It is 4 a.m.” Now I’m fully awake too.
I peek out at the distant travel trailer next to the water’s edge. Nobody has been there since we arrived and the water has risen almost a foot. Another two foot and water will touch the trailer wheels. In addition to a travel trailer there is a car and a 6-wheeled army truck which didn’t pull the trailer because the trailer is a 5th-wheel. I mentally will them to return before it’s too late.
I’d like to leave as late as possible, but that’s not gonna happen. Winds are expected to top out at 30 mph at home which means even higher in the park. Our first test of driving in the wind. We decide to leave early to miss the worst of it.
By 8 a.m. we are packed and pulling out. We go back the way we came. The little hills help knock the wind down. It isn’t until we get on the interstate that we feel the wind. It pushes us around a bit. Margo drives with both hands firmly on the wheel, and she admits it is tiring. We see only three other travel trailers through the three hours. Is everyone else staying in place until tomorrow?
We make it home just fine, and I back it into our storage spot, missing the pot holes made by our tires for the month it was there. I’m not sure why, but there are 2″ tire pot holes. We had two good days of rain a couple of weeks earlier. Maybe it is like when you stand on the beach in the surf and slowly your feet sink.
HappyDog and I get back to the mountains a little after noon and crash on the sofa. Later I wrote lots of information on this map they gave us. It will go in our traveling notebook.
It was a good trip.
Our next trip will be in a couple of weeks where we will have sewer hookup. It will be time to try out the hot water heater and shower.