It was a BREEZE!

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
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Trip End Jun 01, 2011


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Leasburg Lake State Campground

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Well actually, it was a WIND...  We left Willcox, Arizona at about half ten, heading for our next destination, Leasburg Lake State Park.  It was cool in Willcox, having rained off and on all evening.  The temperature got down low enough to cover the Sooby with heavy ice and frost.  Fortunately, I had taken on fresh water and disconnected our hose last night, so we had no problems.  The trip is over two hundred miles and was an exciting one, if you don't count the fifty mile long straightaways.  We drove on I10 for the most part, turning off near Deming, NM onto highway 26 to avoid the numerous eighteen wheelers.  Traffic on 10 was rather heavy and with the side winds we were experiencing, gave us more than a few thrills.  We did catch a "North Dakota Turbo-charger" for a time.  Also known as a tailwind, it's what we looked forward to when we had the Volks Kamper, back in simpler times.  Hwy 26 led us to Nutt, NM and a bit farther on to Hatch, NM.  I don't know if they were referring to the bird, Nuthatch or to the destination one would reach if he took this blog too seriously. ;0)

The winds were actually worse on 26, since it is a two-lane road.  Whenever we would pass an oncoming truck, it would jostle... did I just say "jostle"??  Okay, SHAKE the coach and get both of our attention right quickly.  It demanded serious attention to the traffic and impeded my viewing the landscape, but I got by by using the glance and go method.  We reached Hatch, which is actually a town.  Nutt, as it stands was naught but one building and a few highway signs. 

In Hatch, we took the scenic route, Hwy 85, and eventually crossed the Rio Grande River.  It's rather brown down her during the winter, but along the river one could see where when it greens-up it must be beautiful.  We eventually found the Campground, having listened to the Droid GPS and reaching the park.  It's closed for the winter... Imagine that!  I was able to coax Shorty in a tight-turnaround and having called the campground, got adequate directions here.  Elaine, our camp host(ess) greeted us warmly and sent us to Site 20.  New Mexico has a strange practice.  If you don't have reservations for a site, you may stay only ONE night.  We set up reservations via the net through Reserve America.  It worked fine, but the charge of $10.50 leads me to believe that there's more to the process than meets the eye. Scam, seems to be the operative word here.

It's cold and windy here.  I managed to get outside for maybe forty-five seconds to snap four photos so you can see what we see.  Tomorrow, we'll venture into Las Cruces for the Farmers Market for Lynn and a Meeting at the Arid Club for me... Gotta love it... Arid!  Glad i studied my vocab well in grade school.  More tomorrow, hopefully with interesting pics..
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