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Tuesday, March 1, 2016, City of Rocks State Park, NM, Day 3 & the Silver City Museum, 0 Miles, 4,615.2 Miles for the Trip

I didn't think I'd be able to shoot a "Star Circle" last night since fairly heavy clouds rolled in during the afternoon. They did make for some interesting sunset photos. Still, I went outside at 9:00PM and found the sky clear. While I was hoping for a longer exposure, the camera battery called it quits after one hour and 9 minutes. The various D700 batteries I have been using seem to be nearing the end of their life cycle - they don't run the camera as long as they used to. Of course, long exposures are hard on the camera since they hold the shutter open, consuming lots of power. I'll try again tonight with the D800.

Sunset at City of Rocks State Park, New Mexico One Hour Star Circle

I had breakfast after a walk around the campground. Saw an Escape 19 further up the road, but didn't stop in since it was only 8:30 AM. While it was cold enough for the furnace to kick on a couple of times during the early morning, it warmed up quickly, and by 9:30 it was warm enough to sit outside.

Around 11:00 I decided to head to Silver City to see the Silver City Museum. On the way I stopped by the Escape 19 & discovered the owner was at the Quartzsite Rally. Of course, with 185 fiberglass trailers, I suspect it is likely that any fiberglass trainer in the southwest was there!

A visit had been suggested by a couple of fellow RVers, and it was only about 30 miles away. While interesting, the museum was much smaller than I expected. I did take a few photos, but it only took about 1/3 an hour to do the tour. One of the rooms was dedicated to multiple floods that created the "Big Ditch" out of what was Main Street. On the way back from the museum I stopped at the visitor center & photographed a section of the ditch.

An Original Room The Office Addressograph Machine Graphotype Machine
Long Carriage Typewriter Info About the Machines Native Copper Ore Fancy Cash Register
H. B. Ailman House (Silver City Museum) About the Big Ditch The Big Ditch  

My push button door opener (built into the RAV4's key) has become intermittent. There is a Silver City Toyota dealer, and the key wasn't working on the way into town, so I decided to stop on the way out to see if they could determine why. Of course, as I got into the vehicle to head to Toyota, it started working fine, and worked all the way back to the campground over a bunch of stops. Pulled into the camp site & it stopped! I may use it as an excuse to go back later in the week to see some of the mines & minerals at Silver City.

Back at the campground I decided to head for the showers. It is just a little too far to walk in shower shoes, so I drove. I forgot that the water is very soft - takes forever to rinse. They have single push button operated showers & a sign that says "Water is precious, conserve"; the low volume shower heads produce such a fine spray that the water never really gets hot unless you are within 6" of the shower head. It takes 6 - 8 push button cycles to get the water warm enough to stand under it. I bet they would save water using standard shower heads & faucets. In any case I'm clean!

Dinner was be a Bubba Burger & Knorr Cheddar & Broccoli Pasta Side.

Until tomorrow -

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