MONDAY, JULY 24
Daisy got a much-needed bath this morning at the A-1 Truck Wash (I-40 exit 79 in Milan). The cost was very reasonable at $1.00 per foot. While we were at it, I decided to have them polish my rig. They charged only $35.00. It certainly was worth it to me. While they were working on the polish job, I had lunch at the nearby Kiva Café. I got back to the truck wash just as they were finishing.
From there I drove to Red Rock State Park, about 4.5 miles east of Gallup just off NM 566. It is a very pretty park and has some amenities not normally offered at RV parks, such as a convention center, museum, U S Post Office, horse motel and arena. The camp store is the historic Outlaw Trading Post which was built in 1888. The park is framed on three sides by spectacular red cliffs. The centerpiece is the Church Rock Formation which gives its name to the Post Office. Some of the annual events at the park include the "Square Dance Festi-Gal", roping classic and rodeo, Intertribal Indian Ceremonial, Good Sam Club's Samboree and balloon rally. Quite a variety!
There were lots of clouds when I checked in at about 2:30. I kept hearing thunder in the distance, but decided to take a walk part of the way on the nature trail. It was too hot at that time of day, though, and I wasn't wearing my hiking boots, so I decided that it would be wise to head back to camp. Late this afternoon we finally received a nice rain shower.