Friday, May 30, 2014

US Hwy 70: Mountains!

Heading west out of Roswell, NM, the views on US70 continue to be pretty much the same as they've been for days: Flat, dry terrain for as far as the eye can see. Actually, almost as far as the eye can see, because way in the distance there's a promise of... What are those?... Mountains!

Yes, indeed, mountains! The Sacramento Mountains spread mostly north-south in southern New Mexico, spanning the Lincoln National Forest at both ends and the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation in the middle. At first they are gentle rollers with just a bit of welcome greenery.

Before long, you're treated to forest-covered mountainsides as you climb up to a 7,500 foot pass!

All good things come to an end, however, and you're soon on your way back down the other side.

Approaching Alamogordo, it's back to business as usual. Don't despair, though, because more mountains loom on the horizon! That white streak in the middle distance is White Sands National Monument, which I plan to visit tomorrow. You have to give New Mexico credit for variety!

Also in Alamogordo is a highly acclaimed space museum which you can be sure I will visit. I will be especially interested to see how it compares to my current favorite, the excellent space museum in Hutchinson, KS... Stay tuned!

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1 comment:

Lynne D said...

Oh no, just as you enter Ruidoso, NM there is a little joint on the north side called Disco Taco - the best, repeat best Mexican food ever!! People keep saying that NM has it's own beauty - I'm glad, they can keep it there cuz I like the green in the PacNW. You will be glad to be back here!