“Hey, guys! Let’s go to the beach!”
I pack a P & J sandwich, two cookies, bottled water, a paper dish for the crew’s water, a towel, and the camera in a tote. Bridget and Spike are excitedly wiggling and whining at the door. They’re in their black suits so they know we’re going somewhere. After slathering 50 power UV protection all over my face, neck and limbs, the crew and I set out on the long trek to the lake.
It IS a long trek!
Elephant Butte Lake has shrunk. Much of the sandy areas shown in the slideshow below was once under water. That’s why the edge of the lake is so far from the campground. As soon as the lake is within Spike’s view, he picks up the pace. No more dawdling to sniff plants or to pee on rocks.
He’s on a mission!
Straight into the water he goes and immediately plops down. Bridget and I are right behind him. The water is very cool. Bridget shows off, doing her high-stepping at my side. I try to take pictures. My hands are wet and Bridget is pulling at the leash, but I manage to get a few photos (of poor quality!) of them both in the water.
The crew runs free on the beach while I eat lunch.
After some more water fun, I let them lead the way home. By the time we get back to our campsite, we’re all exhausted. I fix myself a glass of iced tea and drop into my camp chair. Whew!
Outings are fun, but it’s always good to come home!