Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Rockhound State Park
My original plan was to camp at City of Rocks State Park but the woman at the visitor called the park and they said that the dust storm was very bad up there and not safe, so I headed for Rockhound State Park instead. Rockhound was not my first choice because I had been there many years before and wasn’t interested in collecting rocks. If you could see my house you would know that one more rock is the last thing I need.
That night, December 19, the temperature dropped to 29 degrees and the wind didn’t let up all night. I quickly plugged the camper into the outlet at the campground and never came out until the next morning.
I do believe that Joe Leaphorm from a Tony Hillerman mystery story came in wearing a black shirt with a white patterned western shirt, clearly his day off from the police force. He had short spiky hair that was graying at the temples. Perry Como sang Christmas songs in the background as a table of woman talked of grandchildren and what they wanted for Christmas. As one of the regulars left he called out, “Merry Ho Ho!”