We spent last night in our van by Elephante Butte State Park near Truth Or Consequences, NM. The star gazing was excellent, and we could clearly see the Milky Way because there were hardly any lights around. The exception being the lights near the park’s bathroom, which served as a magnet for all the bugs, beatles, and other creepy crawly things of the area.
This morning I went for a walk along the Rio Grande, reading some of the informational signs that were on the path in English and Spanish-about snakes, measuring the river’s depth and other such things.
We drove a short distance from the park to see the Elephante Butte Dam and Power Plant and learned that the dam can hold more than 2 million acre feet of water. It’s 1,674 feet long and 301 feet high-rather an impressive site! We pulled off the road and walked around to see it from different angles. As part of the Rio Grande Project, the dam helps provide power and irrigation to Western Texas and south central New Mexico.