When you talk to hosts and rangers at the state parks you can sometimes find out interesting things that most people passing through don’t get to find out. Such was the case when we were staying at Rockhound State Park; we were informed of a “secret” about a few ancient petroglyphs at the City of Rocks. We didn’t know anything about them on our last visit, so it was fun to explore and go find them this visit. There are seven of them scattered throughout the towering rock formations, and not everybody can see them just walking through- it helps to have some inside knowledge ( if you ask the right people, they will give you a sheet with some hints as to where to find them). Michelle was lucky enough to obtain the magic sheet and on one of our exploring days we set off to find all of them. I’m not sure how old they are, but you can tell they are the real thing once you get to them. Keep in mind these rocks were pushed up from volcanic activity a very long time ago, apparently the rocks were always there, they were just covered with soft earth that was eventually removed by time and the natural elements of wind and rain. So the petroglyphs up high on the large rocks were probably made at a time when the earth was covering most of the formation of rock. It would be interesting to see what this place will look like in 500 years, if there are still people around who will care. Finding the petroglyphs was a fun adventure, a little bit like a treasure hunt, you follow the clues given and they are fairly easy to spot and walking through the rocks that are found in many shapes and sizes, as well as teetering on top of larger rocks is very interesting. Plus you get to see amazing birds of prey (owls and hawks to name two that we saw) perched on these rocks waiting for small critters to pounce on. So with the hints in hand we set out.. We found them all and they are very interesting!
The weather guessers had us moving 2 days before a storm was suppose to hit; we decided if we moved out of the City of Rocks early we could beat the predicted storm to Elephant Butte State Park (South Monticello) that I just adore because of the solitude of the place. Most people don’t want to be this far from civilization; that’s exactly why I love it so much! The clear, bright night skies with awe-inspiring stars, the stellar peace and quiet and the uncrowded park with wide open spaces is everything I want! This park also provides a closer distance to get Michelle to the Albuquerque airport to fly out to Salt Lake City to see our granddaughter. So with good weather the day we decided to travel, we drove the distance to the airport, about a two hour drive – all freeway. It happened to be Christmas Day and we had the road almost all to ourselves. I was back to Huey about the same time she landed in SLC!
The next day the weather guessers finally got one correct; I experienced 19 degree weather with 37 mph winds with a major snowstorm blizzard like conditions, really not what we expect on the desert in New Mexico! The snow during the night was completely horizontal and actually fun to watch because it never got a chance to land and stick. But Huey shook and groaned all night and the next day from the wind. The drop off behind Huey was pretty deep with snow, I really thought about throwing Calle off the edge and into the drift just to see what she would do. But I decided not to cause I thought I might have to rescue her. This whole storm was as intense as the guessers said it would be. I’m just glad we were at the edge of it and not getting the full brunt of the storm that eastern New Mexico and Roswell got. They had 10 foot drifts of snow and they are still trying to dig out of it. So there you have it – just another new adventure in the days of moving along the highway.
We really like the little heater that my Dad used in his garage to do his projects. It’s a very compact size, but keeps Huey very warm during temperatures down to 15 degrees outside. We have the one that my Mom gave to us, that was Dad’s in our bedroom and Michelle found another at a garage sale in Port Orford for 5 bucks that we use in the front of the RV. Between the two of them blasting at night we can keep the indoor temp at 65 degrees, very comfortable. At full blast they’re using 20 amps, saving our propane for other times – may as well use free electricity!