Wednesday, December 30, 2015
We did however still get snow in Las Cruces, NM.
The days ended up getting warmer and there was a lot of melting and messy snow.
We had a small flood in the trailer too, but it wasn't too bad. Poor Tucker I wonder what he though was going on.
Sure enough people were sledding on the sand as if it was snow, they could have just stayed in Las Cruces and sledded on real snow!
White Sands is pretty cool and we did a hike around the dunes which is a lot like walking on the beach.
At the same time jet fighters are cruising the skys from the air force base.
Friday, December 25, 2015
After that we setup for a nice late lunch. Starting with some salmon dip and triscuits.
It was pretty yummy even if the last two steaks we had left from our 1/2 cow weren't really grilling steaks. We should have cooked them a different way as they weren't as tender as the could have been.
As you can see below it was a pretty amazing puzzle comprised of many different Retro National Park Logos.
While we had Chocolate Pecan Pie, Gingerbread and Ice Cream!
The next day Tucker managed to help himself to the remain Pecan Pie!
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
One side trip from here was up to Roswell NM to visit the UFO museum. The museum is a bit cheesy and actually a little sad compared to all the TV shows on aliens we've seen before.
The research library is crazy though, thousands of books and reports.
Funny story I almost skipped the research library but the main bathroom was closed so I had to use the library bathroom.
So we had to walk it both up and down and it was a long hike.
There were lots of people walking down I am pretty sure were going to be there all day trying to get back out.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Another day we did another hike in the Basin you can see from the panorama and this picture it had pretty nice views. This was The Lost Mine trail, although the "mine" is actually a myth.
On one side of the loop we visited Santa Elena Canyon which required crossing a large mud flat.
This wasn't much of a hike but was very pretty.
If you zoom in you can see where "The Window" hike is right in the middle of this picture.
After a week with no services we pulled into Terlingua right outside the park for a couple nights of electricity and showers.
It was a very unique little town with a great bar with live music and excellent food.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Near the canyon there used to be a mine with a big overhead conveyor system to move ore. This was a ore bucket. You can hike along the old tramway but it didn't sound as cool as the canyon.
I didn't see any artifacts but some did seem like they had had fires burning in them in the past.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Today we drove up to the Chisos Basin to hike to what they call the window.
The Window looks out over the view you see in the distance in this shot.
Lucky for us right now it is dry but you can see how smooth and slippery the rock looks. And the other side of that break in the rocks is a deadly fall over 1000 ft high.
I didnt get that close!
We hungout at the lodge at the Chisos Basin for a while and enjoyed the Wifi as we don't have phone service in most of the park.
We had this Owl visitor on the tree opposite our camper one day. Other days he hung out on bear boxers or other trees. People were always out taking pictures of him.
Monday, December 14, 2015
In the past there was a developed little resort hot spring here but now it just some ruins.
The benefit is some great views of the Rio Grande and a chance to look for fossils!
You can also dip your feet in the Rio Grande to cool off which flows right by the spring.