Thursday, June 25, 2009

Day 3 - Silver City to Fenton Lake

We left Silver City at 9:05 am. We stopped at the Santa Rita Copper Mine just East of Silver City (shouldn't it be a silver mine?). Drove hiway 152 to I-25. 152 is a very good road, very scenic. At Emory Pass be sure to take the short vista road overlooking Kingston - quite a view. Hiway 152 is a very curvy, mountain road - well maintained.

We had initially planned to detour on Hiway 50 around Albuquerque, and spend the night near Tent Rocks. However, after reading about campgrounds, etc., we elected to spend the night in Fenton Lake State Park near Jemez. Should have gone to Tent Rocks.

Fenton Lake is a small pond that is popular with the family campers. We made the reservation on line and because it was made online, we had to pay an additional $10.60 for a $14 camp site!! Upon arrival, we discovered the Park Office had closed, so we drove until we found our site. Luckily, no one else had taken it. And, it appeared to be the only site left in the park. Sites were very close together and ours was next to a large family - they did quiet down in the evening. The site was very dirty and the water faucet was on the curb side of the rig, so our hose would not reach. AND, it rained. BUT, we saw a Bullocks Oriole.

We grilled sliders (we had purchased hamburger at the Wal-Mart in Belen, NM) and they were quite tasty with Swiss cheese and Spicy O's. See pictures.

Distance Travelled: 315 miles
Driving Time: 6 hrs and 26 minutes
MPG: 21.7
Fuel: $33.12
Camping: $26.60 (too much)

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