I mentioned last week that I’d be leaving a day early from Brantley Lake. I’m so glad I did. Snow and ice were due on Sunday night, with up to four inches of snow expected.
It was a long drive over the mountains. I’d filled my tank in Carlsbad and found the only gas station on the road was in Cloudcroft, NM. It was packed with cars for the homeward trip from Thanksgiving. By my GPS I had about 20 miles to Alamogordo. On my truck “mileage to empty” readout I had 48 miles left. When I drove into the first gas station, I had 26 miles worth of gas left. Close call!
I have to say I’m finding Oliver Lee Memorial State Park really nice. It sits right on the slope of the Sacramento Mountains looking down on the Tularosa Valley. Farther west sits the San Andres and Organ Mountains. One thing I was worried about being so close to the mountains was the sunrises. Being on the West slope I thought it might be late in the morning for sun, but it hits the trailer just before eight. As for the sunsets, they are great as the sun sinks past the western mountain ranges.
On Tuesday I drove back down to El Paso, Tx for Geordie’s check-up for his eyes. The docs gave him an “improved” assessment. I was glad to hear that. He’ll need to have another check-up in April. Thankfully, Eye Care For Animals has a nationwide network. I think I’ll be close to the Springfield, Mo office when Geordie needs his eyes checked again.
It’s gotten colder this week. Overnights have begun dipping into the 20’s. There was also a lot of wind the first few days. The dust softened the lines of the mountains.
On Wednesday I took Geordie 3/4’s of a mile up the Dog Canyon Trail. It’s a tough hike with a 600’ elevation gain in just 0.6 of a mile. The whole trail is 5.5 miles with a 3,100’ elevation gain. Not a one day, roundtrip hike. The views from the hike were amazing. I could see the White Sands area as a line in the valley.
It’s been awhile since I’ve climbed a mountain. I thought this would be a good prep hike for a hike to a cabin up 2.9 miles for a roundtrip hike. I thought about going up today but rain is due tonight and tomorrow. Today I’ll head over to White Sands Monument and leave the hike for Sunday or Monday.
I joined the RV club Passport America. For $44.00 a year, I’ll receive a 50% discount at their network of RV parks. With my eastward trip this next year, it should help with expenses. I’ll use Passport America and Harvest Hosts on my trip towards and into Canada.
I’ll be heading down to Texas next week. I should be reporting from the Davis Mountains next Friday.
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