03/20/15 — In which Our Hero finds a place to stay for a couple days

After a lovely drive on old Route 66 and then on NM 53, I stopped at El Morro National Monument (map), where I knew there was a free campground. I figured I’d stay overnight and drive on, but with a lovely spot like this:

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and a view like this:

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…I wound up staying for a couple days. Plus, I was right next to the bathroom, and who could ask for more than that?

Loiosh of course was very glad to get out of the van and explore a little.

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In fact he explored that tree so thoroughly that he macrame’d the thing.

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Chocolate even came out some, our first full day there. My brave old man cat. I’m so proud of him.

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I tried this…

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…and it even worked for a while…

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…but then Loiosh wanted to go somewhere Chocolate didn’t, and there was pulling and yanking and hollering, and I didn’t get any pictures of that because I was too busy rescuing Chocolate before he rescued himself right out of his harness.

The first day I took Loiosh for a couple wanders around the campground and generally got settled in. The second day dawned sunny and breezy, and Loiosh and I walked down to the visitor’s center, about a mile each way. By which I mean I walked there and carried Loiosh in the back basket, because he was stubborn.

Once I got there I got talking to a ranger who was working on some chain mail, as part of a full suit of Spanish Conquistador armor for visitors to try on. Guess what? Yeah, a fellow SCAdian. So we got talking and you know how that goes, next thing I know it’s forty-five minutes later and Loiosh has been OUTSIDE THIS WHOLE TIME MOM NOT FAIR and wow, did I get told.

He was, in fact, so mad that he walked the whole way back, which makes no more sense to me than it does to you, but I was glad to be hauling a little less mass.

It had gone from breezy to downright windy, and we all spent most of the rest of the day in the van. I sewed, Chocolate napped, Loiosh looked out the windows, thought about going outside, realized it was still windy, and napped. It was a nice quiet day, and yes, it turns out I can spend most of a day in the van without feeling closed in.

I wound up getting into bed around seven that evening, just because it was so cold that I couldn’t keep warm without being under all the blankets. That pretty much decided me — the next morning I’d pack up, drive to the visitor center, hike the Headland Trail, and head out for somewhere warmer.

We slept warm enough, with all three of us under all those blankets, and woke to frost covering the inside of the windshield. At the visitor’s center the next morning I learned that it had gotten down to 18F that night — holy crap! But good to know that we could survive temperatures that low.

And that’s it for this post, cos I took a zillion pictures on the hike.

One Comment on “03/20/15 — In which Our Hero finds a place to stay for a couple days”


  1. Nice pictures, great story. I’m surprised that it got so cold. Also glad you were all safe.

    Candy Tanzos on 21 Mar 2015, 2:44 pm (Link | Reply)

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