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City of Rocks State Park, Faywood, NM - Day 138

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Friday, March 1, 2024 - City of Rocks State Park, Faywood, NM, Day 4 - 0 Miles, 4,192.1 Miles for the trip

Last night after dinner I decided to head for the showers, hoping what little sun we had today warmed up the bathroom. Warmer than the outside 51°F temperature, but still cool for showering. 2 showers, one handicapped, a low volume fine spray showerhead with a soap dish & shower curtain, drying area with 4 hooks, no bench or shelf but dry deck on the floor. This is one of the few places where I replace the showerhead with my own low volume, course spray. I suspect at least one of the hosts does the same since the showerhead is only hand tight. In any case, with the normal fine spray head the water is cool by the time it reaches you and you need to run another push button cycle to rinse since the water is the softest I've ever experienced. Very long run for the push button - at least 2 minutes. Overall, a C+.

By the way, the Verizon cell service here is fast enough at 38.8Mbps down & 2.3Mbps up. AT&T is dead in most of the park, a weak signal and no data at best.

Around 10:00 this morning I headed out to the Gila Cliff Dwellers National Monument. I visited the Monument in 2015, and wanted to see if it had changed since then. No changes, but I believe the Nikon Z8 did a better job of dealing with the wide dynamic range between the bright sun & heavy shadows.

A Larger Version of the Panorama (2.2MB)

I took NM 15 back, but rather than following it all the way to Silver City, switched to NM 35, and NM 61 to get back to the City of Rocks. That is a bit shorter drive than going to Silver City, and skips many of the twists in NM 15 north of Silver City, as well as having center lines (although most of them are double yellow) for the entire drive. I got back to the campground around 3:15.

Dinner was an Amy's Enchilada with Spanish Rice & Beans bowl.

Until Tomorrow -


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