Location Conchas Lake, Bell Point Campground, New Mexico. 35.428573, -104.192930.
It’s mighty hard to sleep late in a small travel trailer. Even shaded, the windows let in a lot of light. At dawn we tossed a couple of bananas in my pack and away we went to acquaint ourselves with our surroundings. The water draws us. We find a gap in the fence. Looks like a trail to the water. Watch your feet. Lots of loose shale. No footprints other than ours. We walk until we realize we aren’t getting any closer to the water. At least the view is extraordinary. The water is clear the first foot or two then aquamarine. It’s also a bit choppy for so early in the morning. Usually winds don’t pick up until around 10am.
South of campsite, B-33, we spy another trail and gracelessly rock hop until we are at the water. Good place to fish except that the wind would push the bobber to the bank in a jiffy.
Driving, we check out the campground to the south. It’s like ours, just slightly higher elevation. Maybe half the spaces are occupied. It would be a better place to camp since it was closer to the all-in-one business. However, our pre-trip research told us the sad story of the closing of the business. The restaurant, convenience store, bait shop and lounge sits closed, the gas pumps locked, the marina with no pier to get to it. A small boat repair building is also closed. It’s such a shame that the facilities are going to waste.
We head down to the long beach and boat ramps. The dogs get to play in the shallow water.
We don’t do much more than laze around the rest of the day.