Saturday, November 17, 2018 (City of Rocks State Park, New Mexico)

We woke to another beautiful sunny day...just a tad bit cool in the morning with overnight temperatures going down near freezing.

We researched where to go after leaving Kartchner Caverns (our next stop). Dave and Leslie came over and we discussed options...finally deciding to try to get into Gilbert Ray County Campground. It is a first come, first serve campground just outside of Tucson. While we were at it, we made reservations for Catalina State Park and Picacho Peak State Park. We seem to be experiencing a lot more difficulty getting reservations in state parks this year...more so than in previous years.

After that was all taken care of, we decided to walk up to the Visitors Center and watch a video about the formation of City of Rocks. It was an old VHS recording that had seen better days.

Walking back home to have lunch...
After we had all had a bite to eat, we headed out in Dave and Leslie's truck...a short drive up to Observation Point. There is a geocache up here...for some reason, we keep forgetting to look for them! The only time we think about them is when we are Quartzsite...
It's a little windy up here!


When we got back home, we decided to go exploring the City of Rocks...there aren't really many trails around the rocks, you just go wherever...very cool!



 That dark mound on top of the hill is Observation Point...
 Leslie and I chose a different path...
Dave...

 Chill-axing on the rocks...


  And of course....another group selfie!


This boulder looks like it's resting on 3 stones...
 Indian grinding hole called a Mortar beside it...
 
It's amazing how this tree has survived in mostly rock...


 Flat Top in the distance...
 Almost missed this spot that looks like a cave...
Would make a nice shelter...
Visitor Center in the distance...
Such a cool area....we would love to spend another few days here but we have reservations at Kartchner Caverns.

We chilled for awhile, did a little work on the blog, and next thing we knew, it was happy hour. Rather than even try to sit outside today, we decided to just stay in...it cools down so fast in the late afternoon. After a couple of hours chatting about our adventures, we called it an evening..time to get dinner going.

We ended the day relaxing in front of the TV...another great day!



Friday, November 16, 2018 (City of Rocks State Park, New Mexico)

We didn't get a chance to see Leslie and Mark after they got home last night...and they are leaving today, so we popped over to say "hi and bye" to them and, of course, Yogi and Maci (their dogs). Mark was our tour guide last year at Karchner Caverns, and we were surprised to find out they were our neighbour at the RV Dreams Boondocking Rally last season. Too bad we didn't get a chance to catch up with you...perhaps our paths will cross again! Enjoy your winter!

Then it was time to head off with Leslie and Dave for a hike up to the top of Table Mountain...
 We're going up to that far peak...
 A beautiful day for a hike! Looking back at the City of Rocks...
 A lone tree...
 Incredible views!
 A water break...
Poor Margaret was slowing down...time for her to go in the backpack...

Up and up!
 The trail takes you a fair distance away from the City of Rocks before turning back...
 Then the trail takes you closer......
Then further away again...
 Top of the ridge comes into view...


We're almost at the top...the last part of the trail gradually gets steeper, with more large rocks. I'm ahead of Dave...
Once at the top Steve switched to his telephoto lens. Our rig is second from the right top, and Dave and Leslie's is second from the right bottom...



 A little rest once at the top...
 And of course, a selfie...

 River valley below on the opposite side...
Indian grinding holes called Mortars...
 Heading back down...the trail we took below is barely visible...
 The trail follows along the top of that ridge line...
 Almost down...


 Main campground...
 Steve took a couple of rock porn pics...LOL!

Once down the mountain, we decided to take a different trail home...which ended up adding considerable mileage to our already tired bodies! But we made it and 3 1/2 hours later we were back home...total hike about 5 miles/8 kms. Absolutely fabulous!

The electric/water sites are very spacious. We chose these because the overnight temps were suppose to go below freezing so we wanted to run our electric heaters...
I gladly sat down at the picnic table to take off my boots...
Yup...that's where we hiked! The highest peak...
We relaxed with a bottle of water, had showers and then just chilled for the rest of the afternoon...until it was time to go over to Dave and Leslie's for happy hour and dinner. We tried to sit outside but decided it was too chilly so we went inside.

We had a fabulous dinner! Pooling our resources, the guys barbecued steak which was accompanied with baked potatoes, salad...and, of course, mushrooms for the steak! Delicious!

The evening ended after playing a few games of Rummikub...Leslie won 2 and I won one...girls still rule!