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Cochiti Lake, New Mexico

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Once we crossed into New Mexico the landscape changed. Plateaus were visible as far as the eye can see. We decided to try out a campground run by the Army Corp of Engineers on Lake Cochiti. We drove thru the Cochiti reservation, crossed the Rio Grande and arrived at our beautiful home for the week. Usually it costs $20 per night for full hookup, but with our " America the Beautiful " card we only paid $10.
We couldn't get over how gorgeous this place is. We were able to see the lake and the mountain range right out of our windows. Most of the camp loops were closed off, because we arrived during the slow season. The loops that were open had no electricity except one big loop. It still provided electric and water. We got lucky and snatched up the second to last spot. Camping here is first come, first serve.
I was sitting in the Jeep while Tony unhooked the blue ox system , but the tow vehicle wouldn't crank. My first thought was, that I must have done something wrong, maybe it wasnt in gear. Come to find out, the battery was drained . We learned the hard way, that you don't keep your tow vehicle connected to the coach overnight. Even though, both vehicles are shut off, it will still use up battery power while connected. Just keep the blue ox bolted in but disconnect your power cord for a quick pitstop.
Friendly campers helped out, jumped the Jeep and told us not to miss out on visiting Tent Rock National Monument.
After setting up camp we went on a quick hike, enjoyed a beautiful sunset and grilled some hamburgers .

Posted by Meike Carter 07:47

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