(Caballo NM)
Since I started full-time RVing, I’ve made a habit of hiking almost every day. Often it is simply a stroll around my camp, which hardly qualifies as a hike. But, it has provided exercise and a chance to explore the environs. I’ve lost several pounds and my belly fat by following this regimen.

Looking over hills by lake

Upper Flats at Caballo Lake State Park

Here at Caballo Lake there are two campgrounds and several dry camping areas. The above photo looks out over part of the Upper Flats where you can dry camp. One of these days I’m going to camp out there. The next shot is the view from a possible spot, on one of the several points, that would make an ideal campsite.

Tree, lake, mountains

Dry camping site in Upper Flats

A leisurely hike along the shoreline of the lake took me past some tent campers that were near the sandy part of the beach. To avoid their camp, I went up on one of a couple of ledges that run along the shore and below some cliffs. There were fishermen on the bank trying their luck.

Rocky beach next to lake

Rocky shore by Caballo Lake

After a while, I rested in the shade on some rocks and enjoyed the view across the lake to the mountains on the other side. I later learned that an RVer friend was hiking up those mountains just to the other side of the lake when I was sitting there.

Lizard sunning on a rock

Lizard with no name

It turned out, I was not alone on my hike. Although I didn’t see him at first, another hiker was resting on the rocks nearby. I failed to get his name though.

Cliff rising above trees

Mesa next to Caballo Lake

On my return, I decided to take a shortcut up a canyon and scramble to the top of a mesa. I followed a wash until I found a suitable path to climb up. Once on top of the mesa,  there was a marked trail that led back to the campground. I paused to look back at the lake.

Bench on trail overlooking lake

Bench to rest with a view

A bench placed along the trail, and overlooking the lake, provided another resting spot. And, I took advantage to admire the view and catch my breath. It was an easy walk back to Tardis from there. I really enjoyed this short nature hike.

Camp: Caballo Lake SP
Scene: Mountains, lake, beach, cliff

6 Responses to Hiking

  1. J. RICHARD SECOR March 14, 2014 at 10:59 pm #

    Nice post and great photos.

    • Pleinguy March 14, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

      Thanks Dick. I appreciate you following my adventures.

  2. Gypsy March 15, 2014 at 12:01 am #

    I could sit for a long time on that resting bench, just taking in the view.

    • Pleinguy March 15, 2014 at 12:50 am #

      Agreed. I did set for a while; very relaxing.

  3. Dragonfly March 17, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

    Love little lizard. You and Gypsy picture yourselves sitting on the bench, I’m laying on it feeling the warm sun dozing off. Thanks for the visual.

    • Pleinguy March 18, 2014 at 1:57 am #

      That bench is getting a little crowded. Glad you enjoyed it.

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