Return to New Mexico

Back again in my beloved desert, I feel like I can breathe deep again. After so many years away from the east, my body forgot how to deal with humidity. We’ve camped in over 60 locations at this point, and here, at Bottomless Lakes SP, I am amongst my favorites. It is an oasis in the desert, with a series of eight lakes that are really giant sinkholes, feeding the waters of the Pecos river through the gypsum until the rock gives way. I am steps away from paddle boarding in this clear lake surrounded by the red rock cliffs that are ever-changing in the New Mexico light. An outflow creek passes by our campsite that pushes about 5000 gallons of water per day into the wetlands. That’s right, wetlands in the desert! There are all kinds of ducks, geese and other birds, rabbits jumping past, and raccoons. Happily, so far, I haven’t seen any snakes (though am still skittish after almost stepping on a rattler while in Texas, but that’s another story). Could this get any better? Well, there is Roswell just 20 miles away, where we got to explore the International UFO museum (and research center). This area is so dog-friendly, Jesse was even allowed in the museum! She wasn’t over-impressed with aliens, though, and probably would have preferred to walk the streets of the town. We can finally walk off-leash again, so she’s a happy camper.

We’ll head south from here for a bit, then off to Albuquerque, which will close the loop on this trip. A year ago last week we were in Santa Fe. Hard to believe we’ve been on the road so long, and yet it feels like it’s gone by in a flash. I’m glad to have this blog to look back at all the different places we’ve been, faces we’ve seen, and roads that we’ve wandered.

"All along the watchtower..." love this tower and all the detail in it.

“All along the watchtower…” love this tower and all the detail in it.

A canopy of trees provide shade along the hot trail.

A canopy of trees provide shade along the hot trail.

Desert blooms

Desert blooms

Jesse lounging on the beach at Lea Lake. She's really taken to the paddleboarding here with me.

Jesse lounging on the beach at Lea Lake. She’s really taken to the paddleboarding here with me.

Self-portrait in the desert at moonrise.

Self-portrait in the desert at moonrise.

There is the creek running by the camper.

There is the creek running by the camper.

 

 

There are lots of great murals in Roswell, but this this took the cake. So this explains where Ronald McDonald comes from!

… All others park on the street.

Dan and Jesse heading into the museum (and UFO research center!)

Dan and Jesse heading into the museum (and UFO research center!)

here are lots of great murals in Roswell, but this this took the cake. So this explains where Ronald McDonald comes from!

There are lots of great murals in Roswell, but this this took the cake. So this explains where Ronald McDonald comes from!