In the end, we discovered a new park that had never been on our radar. The lake and swimming quickly made the park a favorite for both kids, although I admit that personally I still prefer either Lake Livingston or Huntsville for both fishing and hiking. But Lake Somerville has definitely found its place on our short list for when we are looking for a weekend getaway from the city.
RV owner lesson learned? Just because your vehicle can do something doesn’t mean that it should do something. Apparently the “weight police” on every camper forum on the world wide web know what they are talking about.
Do we just resign ourselves to staying at home for the rest of our lives? No, there is another way to get out of the house, regain quality family and couple time, and still adhere to social distancing guidelines that keep you, your family, and your neighbors safe. Maybe it’s time for your family to finally explore the possibility of camping.
As with most quick overnight stops at state parks, especially when the climate isn’t cooperating (and Texas this time of year is hot), we didn’t get to see as much of the park as we would have liked, but it is a nice enough park for most camping activities and we appreciated the overnight stop.
Capulin Volcano is definitely a worthwhile stop for travelers going through northeast New Mexico. If you aren’t towing a large camper, it is a doable stop on you way through the state. If you are, it might be worth a single night stay close by, just so that you can spend more time exploring and not worry about the extra load behind you.
An afternoon of climbing in the sand dunes may have been exhausting, but the views were glorious, and it turned out to be a perfect single day national park adventure. Our son declared that it is his second favorite park, next to Arches.