The place where I’m staying this week, Oliver Lee State Park, is at the base of the western side of the Sacramento Mountains, a bit south of Alamogordo, New Mexico. It’s a beautiful spot, with mountains on one side and views as far as the eye can see on the other.
I had the feeling as soon as I turned off the highway and onto Dog Canyon road that this was going to be an amazing place. Just look at those mountains!
And I wasn’t disappointed! I got to my site just before the rain started, and the wind kicked in, so took a quick walk around the campground loop.
The white strings curling out of the leaves of this yucca plant are so graceful.
Not all the plants look so inviting…
This sweet bunch of cacti was hidden under a patch of creosote bushes…
I have no idea what these tall things are, but I loved the way they looked in the late afternoon light.
Looking out to the west, I could see the dusty basin I’d driven across to get here. It was hell to drive in, but it made for one beautiful sunset in my new digs.
Always I will be one who loves the wilderness: swaggers and softly creeps between the mountain peaks; I shall listen long to the sea’s brave music; I shall sing my song above the shriek of desert winds.