http-equiv='refresh'/> Tin TeePee/Log Cabin: From Texas to Alamogordo, NM

Friday, February 27, 2009

From Texas to Alamogordo, NM

We left San Antonio and Lake Medina behind yesterday morning, warm and very humid. We fought a horrible head wind all day causing us to get less than 7 miles to the gallon! We bypassed San Angelo our original destination and traveled on to Big Spring, TX. We located a county/city park called Moss Creek Lake Park. What a dump!! Dog feces and broken bottles everywhere surrounded by oil wells. To top it off, it was 99 degrees when we landed at this spot! At least we were only staying one night!

It did cool down when the sun went down and we all slept well. We were out of that place by 8:30am and stopped for fuel before heading down the road. We took a very scenic road, Hwy 82 up through New Mexico seeing signs that warned "Trucks over 65 feet prohibited" and "Steep grades, sharp curves ahead." Well, we have much worse roads in Montana and it was beautiful. Today we traveled with a tail wind and got much better mileage in spite of the elevation gain. When we reached the summit, the small town of Cloudcroft, we stopped for lunch. Pine trees, even some snow under the shade of the pine trees and clear blue sky all day. The road was not at all bad, just a steady elevation gain. About 2pm we arrived in Alamogordo, NM intending to head on to Las Cruces. But, we decided we liked the looks of this town and the surrounding mountains and started looking for a spot to light. Our trusty Verizon card worked and we located Oliver Lee Memorial State Park on It is about 12 miles from Alamogordo and a beautiful spot at the foot of these towering mountains.

We checked out the Visitor's Center and walked Jazzy before settling down with a glass of wine to watch the sunset.

There were windmills all across Texas yesterday as we traveled to Big Spring--hundreds of them, does that tell you anything about how the wind blows there??
Today we saw hundreds and hundreds of oil wells.The view out our rear window today

Alamogordo, NM sunset

What a wonderful day!!

1 comment:

  1. Janna & Mike...The very best part of Big Spring Texas that I remember was in my rear view mirror :) We are glad you guys are safe and we'll see you down the road at some point..Hugs..Jim & Ellie


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