Another day another drive. Pack up our stuff and hit the open road once more. With Roo pointed north it's just a quick stride over to Hatch NM. This tiny town is self proclaimed as the Chile capital of the world. Is it true? Probably not. The reality is that Hatch just doesn't have a whole lot else going for it. They stay true to the cause and Chile's are hanging from almost every building on main street. Go to the hardware store for some lumber... might as well pick up some chiles. Oh, you planned on stopping by the thrift shop? Might as well grab some chiles while your there. Looking for a night's sleep at Grajeda's hotel? Some chiles would probably lull you into a fire gut induced slumber.
Another hour ticks by as we head northbound up highway 25. Caballo Lake State Park is the destination we have picked out. It's been a while since we've had an opportunity to drop the kayaks in some water. This is something we're looking forward too. At this park we decided to splurge a little and spend the extra few bucks for electric. For a grand sum of $14 a night, we get to park with 30 amps of juice and water hooked up to the RV. The next two days Roo will take a rest as we get out and explore the area a bit more.
The lake is nothing special. It's really little more than a dirty water reservoir of the Rio Grande. Muddy murky water greets us as we walk to it's edge. The land is barren. There's nothing on the shoreline worth looking at and the mountain just across the lake looks the same as it does from the campsites. It's still water in New Mexico, and that's what we were after. Situated at 4,204ft in elevation this little campground has the climate of high desert. It's 85° during the day and drop's into the 50's at night. The other thing it does is zap the energy from sea level dwelling folks. Eli is begging for a walk and it's our dog parent duty to get him out for a stretch. That'll be all for today. Time to sit back and relax.