4000+ ft in Elevation
6+ weeks in
We hiked out of our backcountry camp site, packed out what we packed in. This place is beautiful. My ass cheeks are killing me. Walking up and down the dunes has given my glutes a beating. Let me just say on a side note that its really hard to catch your breath being at this elevation.
What NM has had to offer so far has been phenomenal. We had just had 2 of the best days on the road so far. We still have more New Mexico to see. The drives have been vast and awe-inspiring, plateaus with mountains of all shaped sizes and colors in the distance. Some mountains have been just rugged rock while others are pine tree covered and some are just big and pink. The scenery is keeping the drives interesting. Although it’s really hard to control you speed when there’s nothing to give you reference and there are very little cars on the road to check you. Which brings me to tell you that I got my first speeding ticket today. Almost 8000 miles of pushing 85/90 mph it was bound to happen. I got pulled over on a backroad highway for doing 81 in a 65, not that bad. As you may know I hate cops, but this cop was the nicest human being on the planet. Before he sent me on my way he said, “i just wanna tell you something, try and do the speed limit because there’s a lot of cops out this weekend” What?! He’s supposed to be a dick and be like “SLOW DOWN, be careful or you’ll kill some one, now get the fuck out of here,” not warn me about other cops. On the subject of cops, we went through a boarder patrol crossing driving through Las Cruces towards Albuquerque. The dickhead boarder patrol officer said his dog “alerted” so we had to pull over as they looked through our stuff. They took almost everything out of the back after we just packed it neatly before leaving White Sands. Of course they didn’t find shit, and we were soon on the road again. Dickless, “Whats you citizenship?” Me, “huh?” WTF. New Mexico has been really windy. We got some serious wind burn at White Sands, and standing outside of the car as the fuzz emptied the van was pretty brutal too. It’s like a hurricane without the rain. After the Boarder Patrol incident we went to a town called Truth and Consequence. Ex- named Hot Springs, it got its new name form a quiz show in the 50′s. This town had a very New Mexico-ian feel, lots of pink and turquoise, art, artists, all the water towers were painted with Indians or cowboys or symbols, hippies, etc. Everything you would picture. We even drove past a guy wearing a tie-dyed shirt and matching shorts, hanging up freshly tie-dyed-ed socks on a clothesline. I’m sure he’s thinking, “Oh man this is a good batch.” After some foods at a local spot, Groovey Grits, we went to the town of Elephant Butte and saw the dam. A quick pitstop and worth the 5 min drive. While here, Jillian went to throw some garbage away and there was a live skunk in the garbage can! What?! We headed north and west about 2 hours and went to Very Large Array (VLA), as seen in the new blog header by Liam McMahon. The VLA is 27 huge radio antenna, 7000 ft in elevation in the middle of no where NM, that pick up pictures of space. We watched a short vid about them at the guest center, then walked out to them for some photo ops. Pretty rad. Then north 2 hours to a Walmart for slumber. Before bed we found a cheap Mexican spot for dinner. I’m so glad to be this close to Mexico, the east coast is too far, mainly because I have another cheap food option. Back at home I only have pizza and Chinese. Now I can add Mexican to my resume.
Next stop: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta