Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
with the Wicked Cool Name)
Excerpts from Beth:
June 6, 1998
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico (or T or C as we lazily
abbreviated it), was chosen as our only New Mexico stop not
because of any great tourist attractions, but because of its
wicked-cool name. Our plan was to stay at the also uniquely-named
Elephant Butte State Park. Now, we were anal about planning,
but in hindsight, we didn't get a reservation for this campsite.
We were told, "oh, just come and take a spot." Of
course we didn't remember this.
We had been on the road about three weeks. So when we arrived
late in the day at the only camping area on the only body
of water for miles on a Saturday, we were in for a surprise.
. . RV's and campers as far as the eye could see backed up
2 inches from the lake. We drove around the lower camps with
no luck and then drove up to "Cow Camp," which was
weird because I don't think any cows could have gotten through
those sand dunes and up the hills.
The car promptly got stuck in the sand. A couple drove by
and said they "wished they could help two pretty girls
from Maryland." They were actually cheering when we got
the car out. We hightailed it back to the hopping town of
T or C and found a room at the Super 8. Since our poor Super
8 experience in San Antonio, the Super 8 had been on the "ban
list," but after checking out the line up of run-down,
no-name motels, we took the Super 8 off the ban list in record