Passing through New Mexico, this week we explored new stops and re-visited some old favorites.
Suzy and Carla at the Roswell Visitor Center were so good at their jobs that, although we had planned only a brief stop, they convinced us we should check out some of the many free attractions here which include a superb art center, several museums, a zoo and a wildlife refuge. We found the UFO museum, however, to be disappointing. The cost is only $5.00 per person and, although the information and artifacts are fascinating, the building, displays, and staff are seriously outdated. We literally spent our three hours there, standing on our feet, reading articles pinned to the walls. We did learn that a new building is planned - since it's a major draw for the city, it can't happen too soon.
Sitting Bull Falls was our next stop - a little out of our way, but a very worthwhile detour. Set in a beautiful canyon, just north of Carlsbad, New Mexico's tallest waterfalls has only a thin veil of water, pristine emerald-colored water pools at the bottom and the most interesting travertine bluffs. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and found Byron, the forest service host stationed here, to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful. What a life this must be for someone who loves hiking and the outdoors as much as he obviously does.
We've seen Carlsbad Caverns five times now but realize we'll probably never be able to drive by without stopping. It was a Monday and we saw very few other visitors - perfect!
Here's Randy, tucked under my coat, while doing an email check at a wif-fi hotspot. I wish someone could come up with a computer screen that can be seen outdoors.
We have to thank our friends from Michigan for leading us to this spot near Las Cruces three years ago. With gorgeous views and trails leading into the Organ Mountains it has become one of our favorite boondocking locations. The weather was perfect so we just hung out here for a few days rest.
Days On The Road At Time Of Writing: 11
Camping Costs To Date: $12.00