Friday, October 5, 2012

Oliver Lee Memorial State Park: My Temporary Home

Hello! Thanks for dropping in to my temporary place in the Tularosa Basin!

(And between you and me, I'm happy you've only got the two legs.)

Let me show you around.

So here's a pretty good view of the campsite shelter. Not all the sites have them, but they're a must to keep the sun at bay and also protect me from the rain, although a fellow camper said when the rain hits really hard, there can be veritable creeks running right through the living room.

The tablecloth there? Every day, a hummingbird stops by and re-confirms that, no, these aren't real flowers. I bought this tablecloth in the Yukon more than 15 years ago when my daughter and I took a road trip to Alaska.


Oliver Lee Memorial Park, Alamogordo, New Mexico

Here you can see a view of the Sacramento Mountains behind my site. 

Oliver Lee Memorial Park, Alamogordo, New Mexico

And here's my living room. The table I bought from friend Jackie at her garage sale when she moved to Tennessee. That Playmate cooler figures prominently in my road trip pack list.  The plastic trash bag affixed to my chair - the campsites are bereft of places to attach things like trash bags, clotheslines, and the like, though I did learn of one trick from a fellow camper. More on that later.


Oliver Lee Memorial Park, Alamogordo, New Mexico

This is the view from my dining table: the Tularosa Basin.


Oliver Lee Memorial Park, Alamogordo, New Mexico

Since I've been in the area, I've seen six tarantulas, a rattlesnake, and other ominous-looking critters.

This visitor just barged right in without asking. We agreed that if I left it alone, it'd leave me alone.

Oliver Lee Memorial Park, Alamogordo, New Mexico

On the way back from a ranger talk, I saw this long rattlesnake crossing the road.

Oliver Lee Memorial Park, Alamogordo, New Mexico. Rattlesnake.

When I first arrived at my campsite, I found these four pennies on the picnic table. In case they were somehow maintaining order in the universe, I left them on the table, though I did rearrange them in a fashion more pleasing to my eye. There's a lesson in there somewhere.

Oliver Lee Memorial Park, Alamogordo, New Mexico.

2 comments:

Unknown said...

No doubt you know now that your agreement, "We agreed that if I left it alone, it'd leave me alone", was with a Vinegaroon - very important to our ecosystem and non-threatening, though, no beauty star.

Mzuri said...

I did learn this in Alamogordo and again in El Paso! It certainly carries that "eek!" factor, though!