Ed & Marilyn 'The Happy Wanderers' travel blog

Almost ready to roll

On the road again




Marfa Mysterious lights observation spot

Church in Marfa

Aerostat (1 of 15)

Approaching Guadalupe Mtns

El Capitan

Carlsbad Courthouse


Entrance to KOA

Moving day usually means that a new adventure is waiting for us. Leaving Alpine, Texas was a bit sad because we had such a wonderful time there. The people were so friendly and there were many exciting places to visit using Alpine as a base to explore from.

We took our time this morning, continuing our tradition of sharing our morning coffee together. Once that was finished, we went to work and were soon ready to travel.

On the road again, we drove west on Hwy 90, through Marfa, home of the mysterious lights, and through Van Horn, which sits astride I-10. From Van Horn we continued north on Hwy 54, which led us directly to Guadalupe Mountains National Park. We had some pretty steep climbs through the mountains, but the truck handled it well and we arrived at the KOA north of Carlsbad a bit after 12 noon, which was an hour earlier than reality, because we gained an hour as we changed to Mountain Time before we arrived.

Hwy 285 takes you through the town of Carlsbad, which has the main highway under construction and many stoplights, all timed to make you stop at each one. We have a low opinion of Carlsbad, but will drive through it a couple more times before making a definite decision about what to say.

We drove 239 miles and finished with 10.7 mpg.

The KOA is quite nice, located between Carlsbad and Artesia, NM. They have free Wi-Fi and cable TV, plus one more really great thing. They BBQ every day and will deliver fresh BBQ dinners to your rig, complete with veggies, bread, pickles and onions.

We are all set up, relaxing, with only the sound of the wind to annoy us. LOL

Jennifer called us several times today and I managed to get a short nap in spite of the wind blowing hard.

Tonight we’ll have some relaxing time to watch TV and enjoy the BBQ dinner from the KOA Resort.

I have many pictures to post for you of our trip today.

By the way, we took some pretty good pictures of that “blimp” today. The U.S. Government calls them “Aerostats” and Joaquin Jackson writes about them in his second book, “One Ranger Returns”. Look at Chapter 13 titled “Rio Bravo” for a very good explanation of the drug problems associated with the U.S./Mexico border.

He has some good ideas about controlling the illegal immigration also.

During our five hour journey today, Marilyn read to me from Ted Gray’s book “Shades of Texas”. That is an excellent book! Very interesting and I highly recommend it!

I plan to write a letter to Ted, not only to thank him for spending time with us, but to tell him how much we are enjoying his books.

So I’ll get busy with the pictures and get this journal posted for you.

Tomorrow we have a trip back south to Carlsbad Caverns planned. Whatever we do, I’ll let you in on it and you just never know what adventures tomorrow might have in store…..

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