Prewitt & Sumner, New Mexico
Next stop was Blue Water Lake in Prewitt New Mexico. On the way we thought it would be pretty cool to stop by the “Meteor Crater” which by the way in our opinion, is a total rip off. This meteor crater was a 6 mile drive off the main road. Mind you we were towing 4000lbs of trailer behind us the entire time. We finally get to the crater, park the car and trailer, and find out to even just see the crater it was $18 per person. Of course the fee included a tour of the dirt hole, I mean crater, but we couldn’t simply justify paying that to see it. There were no dogs allowed, it was windy, it was cold, and it was $18. To us we did not like or understand the idea of how a natural occurrence can be used to make profit. But hey, to each their own.
It was really only a pit stop, we didn’t really want to take a tour.
Blue Water Lake is set far back off the main road amongst a small local town. When we arrived in New Mexico we knew it was going to be a bit off the beaten path. We went into this experience with open minds and few expectations. We pulled into the campground and for the second time was one of few campers on site. We figured, “Ok, let’s just set up camp and then go check out what this place is all about”. Our site was on a bit of a slant, which means we had to level out the trailer to sit evenly. We use “blocks” to place under the wheels to help balance off a side that may be lower than the other. We realized the unbalance when we had disconnected the trailer from the car. So we had to reattach the car to the trailer and move it to level. We had made a false assumption that without our “sway” bars (which help balance the weight of the car and trailer together) we could quickly make the adjustments. We were able to level the trailer, however, we also put more weight on the hitch than it could handle. The hitch bolts moved and ball of the hitch was now dipped at a downward angle.
The immediate thought was “we’re screwed”. We had to find a way to get it fixed as it was the only way to get us back on the road. We called a local diesel mechanic to see if he could help us. “$95 for me to just put a wrench on it”. Our thoughts were “hell no”, we can figure this out. So we got out our toolbox, grabbed the wrench and went to work. Mind you, the wrench we had was just big enough to fit the bolt we needed to loosen to fix it. After a few kicks on the wrench, we got it moving and realigned the hitch back to level. Next problem we faced was we didn’t have another wrench or another tool big enough to hold the other end to tighten the bolt. Low and behold Brooke’s genius mind had the idea, “let’s try the fire pit grill notches”, and what do you know the screw side fit perfectly into the notch to hold it. Got it set in the notch, kick tightened the bolt back, and we were finally back in action.
Note to self and others have tools for EVERYTHING. We went right to the store the next day and got all the tools we needed to fix it if it ever happened again.
Well now that we got that story out of the way let us share the rest of our Blue Water Lake experience.
The lake itself during this time of year, and with all the unexpected winter weather left the lake half frozen. Which I can assume is why it isn’t very busy. The winds were strong, it rained, it hailed, but at points, the sun was shining with blue skies. We got it all at Blue Water Lake.
Despite all the downfalls, it was a perfect time for us to take a minute and get some R&R of our own. We got the chance to just really enjoy some peace and quiet together, watch some movies, hike around camp and see some of the beauty of the lake. We wouldn’t recommend that this be a place to come during this time of year, however, I can imagine the fun and excitement it brings in the summer season. There’s beautiful canyons you can hike through, stunning views, and even wild horses that roam the area.
After our couple days in Prewitt, we headed off to our next stop at Sumner Lake in Sumner New Mexico. The drive through New Mexico was long, and honestly not the most enjoyable thus far. But, we finally made it to Sumner and pulled down into the park by the lake and noticed there were several other campers on site, which we loved! Our last stay in Prewitt was pretty eerie considering there was only one other person on site with us. A creepy blue van to be more specific. The unfortunate side to staying at state parks is that they don’t have lighting around the park in the evening so it gets pitch black and insanely quiet. Brooke and I hate scary movies so you can only imagine how fricken scared we were. Anyways, Sumner was much more comforting with more people, however still no lights at night.
Oh, and did I forget to mention among the eerie and dark nights it was cold as sh*t out, like 20 degrees cold. We had set up camp at Sumner and realized our water hose was not long enough to reach the spigot, problem number one. So from the
Brooke and I have experience Global Warming at its finest.
Prewitt and Sumner New Mexico I will personally admit will be a place we shall never willingly return to. I can imagine the summers by the lakes are great, but for me, I’m okay with just using my imagination. Can’t forget to mention we passed through Albuquerque New Mexico along the way to Sumner. Won’t go back there again either, so to sum it up for you guys…we disliked it very very much and most likely, I mean definitely, won’t be back.
Nonetheless, they are both places we have never been and every part of this journey is an experience, good or bad.
Check out what’s new on our Itinerary as we have made some recent adjustments in our trip.
Aspire to Inspire
Leah & Brooke