Whitesands National Monument only offers camping for backpackers, and we wanted to sleep indoors during the cold spell, so we needed to find another place to camp. John found a great state campground about a half-hour drive away, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. The park is nestled at the foot of the Sacramento Mountains, with a Read More →

New Mexico offers some truly otherworldly experiences; it’s no wonder UFO and alien theories abound in the area (we thought about visiting Roswell to learn about UFOs, but ultimately decided not to take the time). I previously told you about touring Carlsbad Caverns, which makes me feel like I am in a sci-fi castle, now Read More →

Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico has two discontiguous regions; we camped in the Guadalupe Ranger District section before our visit to Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and after leaving the park we drove through the other section, which covers the Sacramento Mountain range. On our way through the mountains we stopped at a farm market Read More →

After cave exploring at Carlsbad Caverns, we planned to do a little hiking in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. I learned of this small national park while shopping for maps of Big Bend National Park and Carlsbad Caverns National Park. On a whim I purchased the map for Guadalupe Mountains National Park, which is adjacent to Read More →

We chose to visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park because spelunking is an activity John has wanted to experience for sometime. The caves at Carlsbad are open even while most of the caves nationwide have been closed in an attempt to slow the spread of white-nose syndrome (if you don’t know about the ecological disaster that Read More →

From Big Bend National Park, we headed north to Carlsbad, New Mexico. We had a ticket for a cave tour at Carlsbad Caverns National park for Monday, and arrived in Carlsbad on Friday to spend the weekend resting and doing errands. After spending Saturday washing clothes and replenishing our supply of groceries, we spent Sunday Read More →