Still in New Mexico, still loving the light here. From big sky views to seeing 50 miles across a basin, it’s been a revelation after living so long on the edges of the continent. Basically, I’ve spent all of February in the Chihuahuan desert of the southwest. It’s a huge ecosystem, delicately balanced across three states and two countries. And while I try to stay away from politics in my posts, building a wall across the US/Mexico border would devastate this desert environment I have so come to love. Birds could fly, but critters on the ground would be cut off from ranges and food and seasonal habitats. This photo at the Carlsbad Caverns visitor center says it better than all of my words.
The Caverns themselves were an amazing day trip, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be back in future to spend more time here. I wrote about it for Travel Tuesday but here’s a bonus shot that didn’t make it into that post.
I spent a few days at Brantley Lake State Park, which was a decent distance from Carlsbad and also the Caverns, as well as the AT&T store. The latter was handy for changing my paltry 6GB plan to a new unlimited choice plan, so now I have even more flexibility in my connectivity options. Connectivity is a good thing, and options are even better! The park had a nice nature trail and I enjoyed that, but not the big winds that heralded both my arrival and my departure. In between, I caught this bare tree at sunset.
From Brantley, it was a short hop up to Bottomless Lakes State Park for a three-night stay. It doesn’t look like much at first glance, but short hikes uncovered lots of good photo opportunities, like this wetlands shot at sunset.
While at Bottomless, I made it to Roswell and the UFO Museum, which was a hoot and a half! Also found my Trimetric battery monitor a new companion.
Monday’s drive was supposed to be to a boondocking site near Las Cruces, but after a windy drive through one set of basin and range country, the decision was made to stop for the day, so I ducked into my favorite New Mexico state park, Oliver Lee, for a return trip. Two nights here, and it’s amazing how much things have started to sprout and spread – it’s clearly Spring here now, as this yucca plant shows.
Tuesday’s day trip was to Three Rivers Petroglyph site, which I’ll hold back until a Freaky Friday post later. It was cool, though, and not a drop of wind. That’s how fast New Mexico weather can change!
Today, we’re off to see Rock City, as the saying goes. Actually, it’s the City of Rocks, and I can’t wait after hearing so many people talk about it. And it’s up the mountains so maybe those will serve as a windbreak. I could use it, the wind has pretty much been my constant companion since the rain left me back in California.
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.