It was love at first sight when we began camping at Agua Caliente County Park four years ago at a campsite that had beautiful vista views and was far from the maddening crowd. We lost that site two years ago to “cabinization of our parks,” when seven cabins replaced eleven full hookup RV sites! We found an alternative site that had some of the amenities of our first site here, but it was not as private and was vulnerable to noisy neighbors, often lacking in good camping etiquette, who were either inconsiderate or were oblivious to how easily sound travels through a campground. We began this fall camping season at a promising new site that may better meet our needs.
One of the challenges for this park is dealing with flash floods that periodically rush down the Tierra Blanca Mountains and wash out roads and campsites.* I learned from our neighbor that medical permittee, Barbara Macdonald, and her domestic partner of 26 years, Cynthia Rich (Desert Years: Undreaming the American Dream, and Dharma Gleanings), built a rock retaining wall on their 1983-1989 trailer site (seen below) to control erosion.
The slopes abound with various cacti, such as ocotillo, barrel, and cholla, which provide food for the sheep. The following day, I spotted bighorn sheep on a ridge above the campground caravan area.
Seeing bighorn sheep always brings a smile to my face… and sunshine makes me happy!*
And hiking gives me an appetite for Larry’s savory carne asada.
We sipped Ménage à Trois red wine* as the full moon rose…
And leaned back to stargaze and contemplate the heavens* and this site.
*This is a link to a YouTube video.