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Name:Mari-Anne
Location:Whitefish, Montana

Friday, April 22, 2005

Day 15 - Las Vegas & Coyote Creek State Park

As we left the Manzano Mountains, we dropped down into a valley and the small community of Villanuevo through which the Pecos River flows. Incredibly poor housing and many more abandoned buildings of all sorts. Southwest New Mexico is very unattractive in that sense. Then we went north up to the I-40 freeway for a short stretch and then further north up to Las Vegas, where we had another delightful Mexican lunch near the picturesque old town plaza.

Coyote CreekState Park
Then it was time to head for a campground again, and we found Coyote Creek State Park campground in the foothills of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains. The site is spread out along both sides of the creek with a trail up to a cross on the rocky bluff east of camp. Here it was very windy, but we managed to sit outside and read in the sun for a while. Muffen was tied up but Murphy was not. And wouldn't you know it! After a while two rangers drove up and told us to tie Murphy up! We were the only campers in the entire campground. Oh well, we didn't want him to run around and get stickers anyhow!

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