On the Road East to Texas
Frustrated with the traffic and congestion in Tucson, I left the Snyder Hill BLM area after just two nights there and headed east on I-10, but only as far as the Pima County Fairgrounds, just 30 miles or so from my last camping spot. Why? Well, the weather forecast farther east called for below freezing temperatures and the possibility of freezing rain or snow, so I thought it prudent to hunker down until the hazardous weather passed.
Pima County Fairground
The Pima County Fairground offers full hookup sites for $25/night. Parking lot ambience, but nice level spacious pull through sites, with good WiFi, and very convenient access to I-10. I would certainly stay there again for the price and convenience.
81 Palms RV Resort in Deming, NM
After two nights at the fairgrounds, the weather forecast cleared enough that I dared proceed a little farther east and so I headed to Deming, NM, where I had arranged to have my monthly prescription of Revlimid FedEx’ed. A snafu with the special pharmacy involved in supplying the drug necessitated a 4 day stay in Deming, during which I checked out a few local attractions, mainly the New Mexico City of Rocks State Park.
Of the many RV Parks in Deming, I chose the 81Palms RV Resort and was glad I did. $32/night for a large, level pull through site with full hookups ( below freezing night temps meant I only used the electric ), and incredibly immaculate laundry and bathrooms. I would stay there again just to do laundry. There is a lot of highway and railroad noise here as there would be in the other campgrounds in town.
City of Rocks State Park
Thirty miles north of Deming is this state park I had heard rave reviews for.
Unusual volcanic rock formations popped up in the middle of the desert in the middle of nowhere.The cluster of rigs seen here are electric reservable sites, all occupied. The best sites are the primitive sites (though there are few that would accomodate a large rig) are spread throughout the rock formations, most of them also reservable, making it difficult to get into this popular park.
The remote location of this park makes for some memorable night skies and I noticed that there were several star gazing events on the park schedule.
A very strange shaped rock!
With the weather forecast finally showing a return to decent temperatures and no threat of rain or ice, I left Deming Saturday morning and proceeded east on I-10 to Fort Stockton, Texas where I overnighted at Walmart … along with what must have been 50 other rigs, looked like an RV resort, taking up a good quarter of the store’s large parking lot. Makes one wonder how much longer Walmart will permit this to continue.
Hit the road at 5 AM Sunday morning to San Antonio where I picked up Route 16 south to Zapata and then Route 83 to Salineno and the county park recreation area where I boondocked for the night before checking in to the Falcon Lake State Park Monday morning for my week long stay in the area.
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