percha dam state park

After City of Rocks I decided to go back to the singles campground (LowHi RV Ranch) for a couple of days.  They have a potluck every Monday so I stopped at the Walmart Superstore and picked up a few items on the way.  I decided to stay there 2 nights so I could get in on the boisterous card games both nights.  I hadn’t been in the park more than an hour and I had people greeting me.  That sure is a nice feeling.

The potluck was delicious and the card games on both nights were very loud and fun.  During the day I cleaned up my rig and loaded up on supplies for the next 1 ½ weeks.  I am planning on staying in state parks with no hook-ups until I fly back to CA to spend Thanksgiving with my family.

I know $11.15 per night doesn’t seem like a lot of money but when I am paying nothing it seems like a lot.  I shouldn’t have to pay any more for campsites between now and my flight on 11/24.

The next day I headed out to Percha Dam State Park.  It was only a short drive of about 70+ miles.  Again they have both hook-ups and non-hook-ups and I opted for the later.  I found one site that looked pretty good and had lots of afternoon sun.  The next morning I got up and noticed that the sun was blocked by the trees.  So I moved my rig and settled in.

Here is a pic of the dam.  There is hardly any water running through it now.  (Be sure to double click on all pics to enlarge.)

There is a Sand Crane Festival going on further north of here in a few weeks and the sand cranes are going through this area one flock after another.  I took a couple pics of the flocks.  It was really neat.

It got very cold up there at night.  The temperature was in the low 40’s.  I was able to stay quite warm because of 3 things.

1.)    I dressed in layers (including long underwear) to sleep and had lots of covers.

2.)    I also block off the cab of the RV.

3.)    My trusty furnace (I set it to 55).

The cab is not insulated and can let in a lot of either cold or hot air.  I used 2 blankets as you can see.

I took daily hikes while there.  This pic is of a chili pepper field.

While I was hiking down this road a truck passed me and kept on going to the end.  He later drove into the campgrounds and caught up with me.  He was very excited since he had seen a Golden Eagle near the end of the road.  Both Golden Eagle and Bald Eagle are common to these parts.

I liked this park very much, but decided to continue heading north to end up in Albuquerque by 11/24 for my flight out to California..

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One thought on “percha dam state park

  1. Jim,
    Now really, you expect all of us to believe you went to the Singles area for the food? Our minds are in tact you know.
    Continue to enjoy your retirement. You deserve it.

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