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Name:Mari-Anne
Location:Whitefish, Montana

Friday, April 22, 2005

Day 12 - Back to New Mexico

After leaving Fort Davis, we meandered up through the remaining part of Texas via the town of Pecos. Doesn't that sound just like out of a Western movie except, of course, we were not on horseback! We were struck by how many abandoned houses and farms we saw, both in the rural areas as well as in the outskirts of the towns. This continued to be true in New Mexico, as well.

Brantley Lake State Park
As we re-entered New Mexico and drove through Carlsbad, it was just plain hot! It took us a while to get through Carlsbad as we could not find the road which went around the town to miss all the trafic (although we did the next day on our way back down to the Carlsbad Caverns) so we ended up having a late lunch at the Brantley Lake State Park campground, where we also spent the night. The area could be called “Fragrant” Lake as the multitude of ground flowers are delightfully scenting this area. I asked one of the park attendants which flowers caused the aroma, but he was so used to the area that he didn't even notice anything unusual about the smells.

We went for a walk in the afternoon down to the lake and the sun was so intense that in just that short walk, I got a tan line on my feet. We also found some welcoming showers available to the park campers. However, by now it seemed that the quality of the showers had deteriorated slightly with each park in which we camped. They either didn't put out much water or were directed too close to the wall or were not hot enough. Oh well. T'was better than none at all!

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