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Truth or Consequences

Elephant Butte Reservoir lies minutes from this New Mexico town, and a 215 Bowrider is perfect for exploring the oasis.

Story by Jennifer Chesak, Photos by Mike Calabro

Can you tell the truth? Or will you face the consequences? That was the premise of the famous game show that gave Truth or Consequences, New Mexico—formerly called Hot Springs—its name in 1950. The funny radio program turned television show spread laughs across the country as folks watched contestants pay the penalty for not knowing the punch lines to impossible jokes.

The show’s contestants, who usually had to perform goofy stunts in front of a live audience, proved that overall, people are pretty good sports. Is that still true? Are people good sports? Bayliner magazine put an Albuquerque-area family to the test.

“I was ‘forced’ to jump into freezing cold water!” Emilie Thomas says, heavy on the dramatics, when she climbs out of Elephant Butte Reservoir back onto the roomy transom of a Bayliner 215 Bowrider. “It was exhilarating to just jump off the boat,” she adds, laughing. She turns and cannonballs right back in. Her daughter Karianna (9) follows suit, taking the plunge with a loud squeal. Elephant Butte Reservoir is just five miles north of Truth or Consequences.

Elephant Butte Reservoir formed when engineers built a large dam across the Rio Grande in 1916. Today, the massive body of water is a boater’s paradise in southwest New Mexico.

Emilie works as the service coordinator at Rocky Mountain RV Marine, the Bayliner dealer in Albuquerque. She normally spends time on the lake in a bass boat with Karianna, her husband, Todd, and the couple’s other children.

“We’re really outdoorsy,” says Emilie, who wants to take the family’s boating life beyond bass-fishing tournaments and swimming. “There’s a lot of social networking to be done,” she says of heading out on the Bayliner, kicking back and getting some fresh air. “Bayliner is the No. 1-selling boat, and a lot of people own Bayliners on this lake. If you say ‘Bayliner,’ people know what you’re talking about. People say, ‘I’m gonna have one.’ And when they buy a Bayliner, they stick with the brand. They don’t jump around. That’s because it’s not a problematic boat. As a service coordinator, I know.”

The Thomases test out the 215, borrowed from Rocky Mountain RV Marine for the day, making donuts on the wide-open lake. “It handles incredibly and turns on a dime,” Emilie says. “The center of gravity is just amazing,” she adds as the boat strings together a tight coil of turns. “Karianna loves to go fast. She’s such a tomboy and loves to fish. She even does her own lures. And she likes to swim and just be on the water.”

As the 215 idles for a bit, Emilie talks about why she loves the lake. “We can be at our campsite, and Karianna can wander the shoreline,” she says. “Every time we go home, we take two great big bags of shells she’s collected with us. She can look for shells, and we can still see her.” The arid region provides uninterrupted views of the water and blazing orange-and-purple desert sunsets. The abundant sandy shores also make nice picnicking sites.

While his ladies sprawl out to soak up some sun, Todd takes the opportunity to get in a little extra bass fishing. “The lake is good for catching bass and striper,” Emilie informs. “You can catch big, 40-pound striper, and it’s really a great play lake.” In warmer months, the 36,500-acre Elephant Butte Reservoir is a haven for water-skiing and even scuba diving.

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The 215 Bowrider has plenty of room for just about any type of excursion. “Look at Karianna, she can just lounge in that bow,” Emilie says. “It seems like you can just be moving around on the boat and then you’re like, ‘Oh, here’s another spot to stretch out.’” Emilie demonstrates, heading through the walk-through transom and spreading out on the spacious aft sunpad. “It’s all room!” she adds. “There’s so much compartment storage, too. You don’t have to have any of your stuff lying around.”

In addition to boating, Elephant Butte Lake State Park also offers camping, hiking, bird-watching and the occasional hot air balloon regatta. “They’ll come and land on the water, and it’s just so beautiful,” Emilie says. The actual reservoir formed when engineers built a dam across the Rio Grande in 1916 for irrigation and flood control. Now Elephant Butte is a major hot spot for recreation and on-water fun, serving much of New Mexico. History buffs will want to know that Tyrannosaurus rex fossils have been found in the area, proving that the region was once the stomping grounds of fearsome prehistoric reptiles.

Bayliner magazine’s cold-water consequence turns out to be a far cry from what “Truth or Consequences” dished out during its heyday on air. People earned pies in faces, wore silly costumes, performed skits and completed obstacle courses. Sometimes the consequences turned out to be ultimately good, such as a heart-warming reunion with a loved one who was returning from being stationed in the military overseas.

We have the opportunity to relish a mushy moment, too, when Emilie shares a tender thought about boating. “Boating is also a way for us to have alone time,” she says. “Sometimes I tell Todd, ‘I need to get out of Dodge.’” She’ll place Karianna and their other children in the care of aunts and uncles, and then enjoy some time on the water with her husband. “Boating can be quite romantic when you have nothing but the sound of the water as the background and you’re watching the sunset,” Emilie adds. “I think it’s better than any Vegas trip we’ve ever had. You’re connecting with nature and your partner.”

“Truth or Consequences” was the first game show to appear on television and was also where host Bob Barker began his career. Ralph Edwards created and originally hosted the show, offering to broadcast it from any town that would rename itself after the game. Hot Springs, New Mexico, stepped up to the plate. So was Emilie a fan of the show? “I don’t really remember or know much about it,” she confesses. “But T or C has a great bowling alley that people will drive three hours to go bowling at.”

So is there a truth portion to our little Bayliner-themed T or C game? Of course! Here’s your question: Is there really an elephant in Elephant Butte? The eroded core of an ancient volcano created an island in the middle of the lake, which is said to be in the shape of the giant pachyderm. True or false? “Oh yes,” Emilie assures, pointing to the stretch of land. “There’s no mistaking it, even at a glance. He’s lying down, and he’s got his head resting. There’s the head and there’s the haunches and…”

You be the judge. Thanks for watching.

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