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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Okay, I'm picking up where I left off on yesterdays blog.

After we left Caballo Lake we headed to Rock Hound State Park just outside of Deming, NM. I've been coming to this park for many years and it's one of my favorite places. We set up the trailer there and then headed out for a couple more days of hiking and rock hounding.

View from our campsite at beautiful Rock Hound State Park.

If there is a snake anywhere close by, I will find it. Within the first 5 minutes at Rock Hound I had taken off down a trail and ran into a fairly large rattlesnake. I was yelling back up at our campsite for Tommy to bring me my camera, but he is terrified of snakes and refused so I had to leave Mr. Snake and go get it myself. Of course, in my absence, he headed for the bushes and by the time I got back this is all I got a picture of. At least you can see part of his body and his tail.

On the short trail that leads up the side of the mountain at Rock Hound. Those dark clouds increased and caused me to turn back before getting halfway.

Hiking and looking for rocks around some old mines. Thankfully the state has filled in most of these, but you still have to be very careful in these areas just in case.

Blooming Cholla

Desert Bird of Paradise bloom.

This little horned lizard didn't appreciate my presence, but he did stay still long enough for me to get a quick shot before running away.

This beautiful hawk was really watching me. I have several pictures of him looking directly at my camera.

Evidence of the drought they are currently in. Hope they get some good rain soon.

Tommy really enjoyed the museum in Deming. They have a little bit of everything in there.

More incredible sunsets at Rock Hound.

The lights of Deming from our campsite.

On Mother's Day we made this sign and I took a picture of Tommy holding it. I then emailed it to his sister and she printed it and took to their Mom so he could wish her a Happy Mother's Day from New Mexico.

We had another great three days and nights staying in this area. After we left here we headed up to the Socorro area where we stayed the next two nights. I'll post pics from the remainder of our trip tomorrow.

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

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    gorgeous pictures!!! so beautiful thank you for sharing!!
    1857 days ago
  • _JODI404
    I have to say that I am 100% with Tommy on the snakes!! (ewwww & scary!!!)

    Love the pictures of the stunning blooms and sunsets! The drought is so serious and just heartbreaking. I pray the situation will be turned around soon.

    That was a great idea with the Mother's Day sign!

    1858 days ago
    The pics looks so beautiful. I've been to Rockhound State Park a few times. Funny thing is, as much as I hike all around here, I have yet to see a snake! Deming often has beautiful sunsets because it's flat enough around to see them better, In SIlver we are surrounded by mountains and trees and it's harder to see them the same way you do down there. I've been driving through there coming from Las Cruces more times than I can count as the sun was going down. Each time I say I'm going to stop and take pics but always seems like there is some reason I need to get home. I think the dust in the air down there also brings out more colors. I've heard that smog along the west coast for example brings different colors to sunsets, even when the smog isn't really bad. I have seen such flaming reds so many times around Deming that look like fire in the sky.
    1859 days ago
    Looks like reptile heaven....that little lizard is cute!

    1859 days ago
    It keeps getting better....... emoticon
    1859 days ago
    What a neat trip, it looks like so much fun. except for the snakes. LOL..

    Will have to go to New mexico in the RV.. its on my list of places to go. :)
    1859 days ago
    Great pictures again! I loved the flowers. The only snakes we have here are harmless (and helpful) garter snakes. The scenery is sensational. Keep posting!
    1859 days ago
    As always, your pictures take my breath they are so wonderful. Glad you are getting to do those things you and Tommy love! Looking forward to the next installment. emoticon
    1859 days ago
    Sounds so fun! Quite adventurous with the rattlesnake!

    Love the pics!
    1860 days ago
    When I was young growing up in El Paso, TX, I caught many of those horned lizards (we called them horney toads), and then let them go again.
    1860 days ago
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  • DOODIE59
    Thanks so much for sharing these. You really are doing the promotional work for those communities:)
    We made a big family trip to California 5-6 years ago, and felt that we should include a visit to the desert because we were so close. We had no idea how amazing, staggering, stunning and otherworldly it is; we plan to make desert lands part of our travel in the future -- so fantastic, in the real sense of the world.
    You're just whetting my ap emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon petite:)
    1860 days ago
    You did a good job with your camera capturing the blossoms, the horned lizard, and snake (part of it, anyway).

    And those sunsets are sooooo magnificent!

    I'll bet Tommy's mom was glad for that personal card.

    I have always felt that the desert was an acquired taste -- and only lately do I feel that I have finally learned to love its beauty.

    Thanks for sharing the photos.

    Glad you had a great trip.

    1860 days ago
    Thanks Cindy! I always love seeing your pictures, you show me lots of places I've never been, and they are always so beautiful!!
    1860 days ago

    Thank you for sharing your photos! Good to read you all had a great time emoticon
    1860 days ago
  • GEORGI1832
    Love this area too. My husband and I have camped here and at Poncho Villa state park on our trips west. Loved the pics.
    1860 days ago
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