Alistair - Glad the info was of some value. As Nita said, Cottonwood is totally generator
free and we'll probably spend some time there on our next visit. I took a couple of credible photos of a wild turkey drinking from a spigot on our ride through this campground. Having grown up in an area which, even today, has a fair number of outhouses, pit toilets are certainly not a concern for us. FWIW, both Rio Grande Village and Chisos Basin campgrounds have 'No generator' sections with sites remote enough to exclude most noise pollution.
Nita - Wish we'd had a chance to meet up as well. If you do get anywhere near NC, be sure to let us know.
Russell - John Allen is a combination of my first and middle names (I go by Al but have been married long enough to answer to most anything spoken in loud tones). This board doesn't allow 'internet handles' and, when I signed up, I honestly didn't expect to hang around much so I just used the first thing that came to mind. If I could figure out how to change it, I'd probably switch over to 'Al & Cindy K.' As far as the retirement thing goes, I'm envious of all you folks who no longer have to be concerned with a calendar. If you should get to the east coast on one of your trips and want any suggestions for NC, give us a holler.
Al & Cindy