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  • Oct24

    Peeking into Guadalupe Mountains NP

    October 24, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    After a sad goodbye to Carlsbad, and New Mexico, we beat feet to poke Carter's nose into Guadalupe Mountains National Park. This is a hiking/backpacking park with the honor of protecting the world's most extensive Permian fossil reef. In fact, the mountain behind Sorren's park photo opp is El Capitan, an exposed portion of just such a reef. Basically, you're looking at a mountain of fossils!

    Off to Fort Stockton, our end point for tonight. We haven't finalized the final leg of the trek to Florida yet, so all bets are on for where we'll end up tomorrow.
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  • Oct24

    Carlsbad Caverns NP...OMG!

    October 24, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 39 °F

    If you haven't been here, folks, you HAVE to do so at some point. It's simply astonishingly strange and wonderful. Unfortunately, we weren't able to time it to see the bats emerge from the caves at dusk but we spent about 3.5 hours exploring pretty much every inch of the publicly accessible caverns. I highly recommend doing the walk through the natural entrance and taking the time to explore the Big Room and Top of the Cross area. It's so worth the trek and the time!

    So many pictures to choose from (even after winnowing out the non-awesome ones)! I think this will be a 3 footprint stop, so fair warning!

    Love, love, love Carlsbad Caverns!!
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  • Oct23

    Pampering ourselves in Carlsbad

    October 23, 2020 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 46 °F

    We stayed on schedule today, shockingly, and made it into Carlsbad at a decent hour. I was able to score us an upgrade to a 2 bedroom/2 bath suite and we celebrated with an evening of sloth-like behavior and yummy take-out BBQ.

    Tomorrow, we're off early to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. So excited for this park! After that, we sadly must say goodbye to New Mexico and go check out Texas. We have the Alamo in our sights but our itineraries tend to be somewhat fluid. Any bets on where we'll end up tomorrow?

    Here are a couple of pics from the...yep... scenic byway route to Carlsbad. Who needs Interstates to cross the country?!
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  • Oct23

    Billy The Kid meets Snow Plains

    October 23, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

    We left Roswell somewhat reluctantly and told Carter to head towards White Sands National Park. I didn't plan this, guys, but we got to take part of the Billy The Kid Trail scenic byway to get there. You know how I love my scenic byways! It was an interesting look at Western lore along the way...plus we got to see the world's largest pistachio. What's not to like?!

    About 2 hours later, we could see something white in front of the mountains in the distance. As we got closer, it was amazing to see the blindingly white sands dunes rise up in front of us at White Sands NP.

    Michiganders: the dunes are pretty spectacular and I have to say leave Sleeping Bear Dunes in the proverbial dust. It was fun to see kids ride sleds down the sand that looks so much like snow. As the super-fine gypsum sand blows across the sand path, it so closely resembles a snow storm that it's hard to tell the difference. We enjoyed learning a bit more about dune life on the interpretive boardwalk. Sadly, we didn't get to see any dune creatures on this expedition.

    Off to Carlsbad next!
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  • Oct23

    Getting educated Roswell-style

    October 23, 2020 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 54 °F

    You guys! I have to say I'm walking out of the UFO Museum with my mind a little more opened than when I walked into it. Super interesting in and of itself but the research put into building the timeline and evidence was impressive! Who knows? It's 2020...perhaps we'll get another visit...

    Next we hit the Roswell UFO Spacewalk. If any of you ever make it to Roswell, you HAVE to go there. It's SO COOL! The owner/ artist did an amazing job and was super nice. This was definitely the highlight of Roswell and one of the highlights of a trip filled with them! SO MUCH FUN!
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  • Oct23

    Aliens, aliens, aliens

    October 23, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 41 °F

    We loved Roswell! Such a cool town that seems to have fun with the 👽 theme. We spent the morning seeing some of the sights and hitting two of the top 3 places on our list. I'll get to those in the 2nd Roswell footprint, cuz it deserves two! Aliens, people!!Read more

  • Oct22

    I got to go to Roswell!!

    October 22, 2020 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 63 °F

    In case you hadn't noticed, I'm a bit of a nerd and am very lucky that Cheryl is just as nerdy. It really didn't take much convincing for either of us to chuck the agenda and head off to alientown. 👽

    We'll spend the morning exploring the alien landscape, then off to White Sands NP. We decided to spend another night in the area to fit in another couple of national parks. So. Much. Fun.

    Whew. All caught up on trip blogging. See you tomorrow, peeps!
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  • Oct22

    Who needs an itinerary?

    October 22, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 61 °F

    We decided to sleep in a bit today before a long road day. After our "dawn in the national park" days, we deserved it!

    I'd found a cool drive that took us the long but much more scenic route to Raton, NM via San Luis (the oldest city in NM) and Cimarron Canyon area. We pointed Carter towards the scenic byway (was there ever any doubt?!) and were on our way. We started off on our old friend, the Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway and then met up with the Santa Fe Trail. AND WE GOT TO SEE A GHOST TOWN! Well, it was a little ghost town and we could only see it from a distance, but Colfax is a for-real ghost town. Another item checked off the bucket list!

    After the excitement of the ghost town, it seemed appropriate somehow to talk aliens and we noticed that we could take a sharp right (aka south) and still hit Roswell without any real back-tracking. And just like that, we caught the next right and headed off on another NM back road towards Roswell. Go, Carter, go!
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