Ha! Bet you thought I was in New Mexico still, but I’m not. I’ve slid over to Tucson, minus Breeze the trailer, to hang out with cousins for a few days. Then I’ll be back to New Mexico for a few more weeks before finally leaving the state I have enjoyed so much for so long.
Last Wednesday was a travel day, heading across New Mexico on I-10 to get to the City of Rocks State Park. The description someone gave us of arriving there was quite accurate: you drive across semi-flat desert, make a left and then see all these rounded pinnacles sticking up out of the ground. That, my friends, is City of Rocks and it is amazing!
You get to camp IN the rocks, so there are so pretty cool campsites to be had. Mine had a beautiful big view to the west and I watched sunsets every night, as I watched the big moon rising over Table Mountain to the east. Some birds, but mostly silence. I’ve come to love the silence of the desert night broken by the far-off howls of coyotes making connections.
A day trip to Silver City used the scenic route, which went by the Chino copper mines. Having grown up visiting the Morenci copper mine just across the border in Arizona, of course, I had to see and compare. Overall size is bigger, but there are three mines here, and Morenci is just one, so it’s a bigger hole in the ground. I hope to get up there this coming week to take some photos of how it looks these days (it eats the town, so the buildings that my Dad grew up with haven’t been there for many years).
Silver City has some funky stores to browse through, and a cool visitor center with lots of information about camping in the nearby Gila Forest, a potential future destination. But what I enjoyed the most were the cherry blossoms and the daffodils! After weeks in the desert, it was a treat for the eyes. And, yes, it did make me a bit homesick for Seattle, because both those blooms are the harbingers of Spring’s arrival in the Pacific Northwest.
The next move was a whopping 3.2 miles down the road to Faywood Hot Springs Resort. Yeah, hot springs, baby! HOT springs! For someone who has a shower, but no tub, a hot springs soak is a definite treat. There were also lots of birds singing all day, and that made me happy. Feral cats, of which I saw a few, and peacocks, of which I saw none but heard some (they screech really weird noises).
I left the hot springs on Tuesday, bound for a cousins holiday in Tucson. Dropped Breeze the trailer off at one cousin’s place on the way, and cleaned my car out of all the camping stuff I won’t need at a hotel in the big city.
I’ll be back there on the weekend for BBQ and repacking to head back to New Mexico for the rest of the month. But for now, it’s me and Bella in the big (and hot) city for a few days. Hotel hot water and wifi, and Bella might even get a car wash…
The pressure of survival in the big city will make you lose sight of your dream…
Hang in there.
James De La Vega