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Name:Mari-Anne
Location:Whitefish, Montana

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Day 6 - New Mexico

Traveling south of Springerville a short distance on the Coronado Trail (highway 191) to the little town of Alpine, at an altitude of some 8,000 feet, is always enjoyable. The desert landscape slowly changes first to more junipers and then to more pine trees as you get up into higher altitudes.

In Alpine, we turned east and left Arizona for New Mexico after a few short miles. We traveled through Gila National Forest where we found San Francisco Campground, a primitive spot hidden among the pine trees. This was Dale's favorite camping spot during the entire trip - even though we didn't stay here. We did make a pit stop, however, to let the dogs drink of the creek water. After all the dryness of the Navajo desert, it was nice to see some evergreen trees and running water.

We stopped in Silver City, which seems to grow by leaps and bounds, and new areas appear each time we visit this pretty little town, which certainly isn't so little any more. Having found some freeze-dried pinto beans here during earlier visits, we hoped to be able to find them again, and we were not disappointed. Now we have five different packages of refried beans to try out.

During earlier trips to the Gila Cliff Dwellings, we found some nice forest service campgrounds north of Silver City, and we were hoping they would be open this early in the season. One was indeed closed but two were open, and we discovered that, for some reason, the best spot in the Upper End Campground at Roberts Lake was still free. The camp site was located on a little spur road, away from the rest of the other campers, with some nice rock work around the camp as well as the parking area. And - the weather was great - definitely shorts time!

Upper End Campground at Roberts Lake

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