Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Brantley Lake State Park, NM

Brantley Lake, NM
Wednesday, October 28, 2015, Brantley Lake State Park, NM, 156.9 Miles, 2,539.1 Miles for the Trip

I took a photo of the moon rise over the campground last night. That & today's site photo are at today's LakeshoreImages page.

Spent most of the day driving west on US 180. At the New Mexico border I hit Mountain Time so I feel like it is an hour later than what is on the clock.

I had an interesting oops - My windshield wipers were streaking & getting old, so I picked up a new set at the Hobbs, NM Walmart. I've had good & bad luck with wiper blades, but can never remember which were the best, so I picked out a set in the middle price range. I put them on the RAV4 & headed out. About 50 miles outside of town I tried the wipers, and they left huge streaks in the window. So bad you couldn't drive. There was another Walmart in Carlsbad, near the park, but I had already thrown out the packaging. I did have the sales slip, so I decided to try and trade them in for another brand. When I went to take them off the wiper arms I noticed that there was a hard plastic cover on the blades. Duh! I slipped the covers off & they worked wonderfully. At least I didn't take them into the store with the covers on...

I stopped for the afternoon at Brantley State Park. There is no one in the office or at the gate, in fact the visitor center is closed. They have self registering at the campground. A surprising number of RVs in the place for the middle of the week. I found a water & electric site (Site 32) for $14.00. Level enough that I don't have to unhook or use any wheel leveling.They have some full hook up sites in the reservable section, however currently sites 1-15 do not have electricity.  Overall, a nice park for a great price.

I took a walk around the campground, checked out the showers (clean & they even have shower curtains) and sat & read for much of the afternoon. There are many birds running through the campground. Quail, Mourning Doves, even a Roadrunner. I didn't get any photos since I didn't have the camera with me while reading, but they were fun to watch. It was warm enough in the sun, but as the clouds came in & the wind picked up I finally gave up sitting outside.

After a nice, warm shower, I grilled my last Bubba Burger, steamed some broccoli, and added a few potato chips for dinner.

Until Next Time -

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