it was after dark by the time we finished up at the Cummins shop last night. . .
so we accepted their kind hospitality for one more night. . .
That’s Interstate 10 you see right there. . .
and the mountains you see are in Mexico.
Interstate 10 NEVER slows down. . .it goes at such a pace,
that when we are sitting in the coach with our feet on the floor,
we can feel the hum from it. . .is that crazy or what?
as advised by Nick Russell of Gypsy Journal fame,
(I believe he was advised by various other RV’ers)
we chose to take Loop 375N, and bypass Downtown El Paso. . .
by then taking Hwy 54E and then FM 3255 which turns into
FM 213 when you cross the New Mexico border,
we were able to avoid actually crossing the Franklin Mountains,
and just skirting around the perimeter of them. . .
Turning back onto FM 404 soon brought us back out to Interstate 10,
West of Anthony. . .well out of all the crazy traffic of El Paso. . .
It was a very nice route. . .we recommend it!
we were so very happy to finally arrive at the Escapees’ Dream Catcher Park
in Deming NM. . . and get our hugs from RV friend, Marian,
who was working the front desk today. . .yaaa!
We met Marian and Jack when another set of friends,
Judy and Dick let us know there was an opening for a park host
at Fort Parker State Park in Mexia TX. . .
wow. . .that was way back when we still had the F550 and Fifth Wheel. . .
Anyway. . .it was great to touch base with Marian and Jack. . .
sure hope to cross paths with them again this summer. . .
my intention from the moment we planned our stop in Deming
was to visit the City of Rocks State Park. . .
which is listed on TripAdvisor as the #2 attraction in the Deming Area. . .
It ended up being about 1/2 an hour away. . .
but what a great place. . .
the campground with electric and water was just great. . .
I really, really want to return. . .there was plenty of room for our rig. . .
and they do stargazing events, which must just be phenomenal
out in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert with no light, and no sounds. . .
that’s what we noticed right away. . .it was so, so quiet and peaceful. . .
the dry camp spots were pretty great too. . .
we couldn’t fit in this spectacular one. . .
but there were others we could easily fit into. . .
too bad we are not really set up for boondocking. . .
the sky out over the Gila Mountains was just spectacular. . .
and some of the rock formations were pretty great too. . .
I realize as we travel through AZ we are going to see many, many species of cactus. . .
but I was rather taken by this, what seemed to be, fairly young cholla cactus,
as well as some older ones that appear almost ready to bloom. . .
I just really, really enjoyed this afternoon’s adventure,
and would say a trip to City of Rocks is worth the effort. . .
See you tomorrow in Tucson,
Janice and Dave
I found this writing on one of the hiking trails particularly intriguing. . .hope you enjoy!