Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

On1-10 between Deming & Las Cruces...

NM state bird, the roadrunner, along the freeway...

A view of Las Cruces with the surrounding mtns.....

Crossing the Rio Grande....it's pretty muddy...

Welcome to Texas...

1-10 El Paso.....

Hwy 180, the red dunes...

And more of the dunes...

Check out the rolling road!...

To our left...

And to the right...

We stopped here for lunch...

Then back on the road...

The Salt Flats...

More Salt Flats...

I love the clouds!....

Guadalupe Mountains...

El Capitan, 8085-feet high...

That's where we were...

It is wide open!...

I am loving this...

Glad we're here for awhile!...


Awoke this morning to beautiful skies & a slight breeze so we decided to follow our original plans & head to Carlsbad. We did make a change in our route though & we're sure glad we did. It was a long but beautiful drive. We got a late start (11am) but it all worked out ok. We backtracked 1-10 to Las Cruces because there really is no other good way, but this time we cut down into Texas by way of El Paso.

The first couple of pics I am posting today show 1-10 coming into Las Cruces because I really wanted to show you the craggy edges of the surrounding mountains. I realize they are not sharp & clear, but that is the way they actually looked. There doesn't seem to be much smog, so we finally decided it is mostly dust swirling around from the winds. I caught a pic of the Rio Grande as we flew over it & another of the roadrunner (NM state bird) on the fly as well. The temperature was in the low 60's...yahoo, a break from the 80's.

The next few pics were taken in El Paso, still on 1-10 heading for Highway 180. We didn't even stop in El Paso as it spit a few raindrops on us (very few), the traffic was in a hurry, & frankly it was getting late enough that we decided to just keep on going. I was surprised at how big it is, sort of spread out like Las Vegas. There was plenty of shopping, restaurants & homes, as far as the eye could see. Next time we come through this way, I'd like to stay a day or 2 & look around a bit.

We hit Highway 180 & were quickly out of town. I mean, other than a few salvage yards, nothing! As we traveled along the temperature began to climb, 65, 70, 75. You can stop now, 75 is perfect! We passed an area that was full of red sand dunes & lots of 4 wheelers to ride them. My camera was put away & I almost missed them, but did get 1 or 2 pics as we flew by! The road was kinda rolling, up, down, up, down. Wow! Is it ever wide open in Texas! We stopped at a nice little picnic area & had our lunch, then back on the road again. Next we hit the salt flats. I was driving so my honey took these shots for you.

Then we started seeing the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Wow! El Capitan, an 8,085-foot high monolithic landmark can be seen for 50 miles, rising in serene majesty right out of the desert floor...it was hard to keep my eyes off of it so I finally pulled over & Larry took over driving again so I could photograph. There was still a haze in the air, as you can see in the pics. Maybe the wind will let up a bit tomorrow. It makes for better photos.

We arrived at the Carlsbad RV Park around 5pm. Whew, glad to be here. We don't normally drive much over 4 hours in a day. The park is very nice & close to the town of Carlsbad. It is small but cute. There's even a Wal-mart! They seem to be popping up everywhere...

We will be here the next couple of days exploring the area. Our first stop will of course be to Carlsbad Caverns. We've heard so much about them. Larry was here years ago, but he was a young pup then, so he can't remember much! LOL Anyway, it looks like there's a lot to see & do. Can't wait!



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