Back in New Mexico…Yipeeee…….
After leaving Palo Dura I crossed the state line into New Mexico. I love New Mexico and am grateful to be back there. The weather has been getting cooler and it is also a dry climate. I drove to Clayton Lake State Park, just outside of Clayton, NM in the northeast corner where I found a somewhat level spot overlooking the lake. The campsites here leave a lot to be desired as not many of them are level. I guess it might have been better in the electric/water sites but I didn’t ever check them out because I didn’t see the need for paying the $4 per night since I have electricity and plenty of water. I was completely by myself, with no one else within sight. Here are a couple of pics of the campsite and the lake.
It can’t get much better then this folks…..
I fixed a real nice pork chop dinner with baked potato and green beans. After eating I found a great country radio station from Dalbart, TX. In case you’re interested it is 96.1 FM. They called themselves the “Texas Red Dirt Radio Show. GREAT MUSIC!! I kicked back listening to this great music, sipping on a glass of cabernet, plus some “Blue Bell” ice cream and watching another fantastic New Mexico sunset. CAN LIFE GET ANY BETTER THEN THIS!!!
I would like to have enjoyed kayaking on the lake but time was not on my side. I still wanted to venture into the mountains and enjoy the beautiful scenery there. So I was on my way early in the morning where my next stop will be Sugarite Canyon State Park.
Drove up a volcano…….Don’t blast off now…..
On the way to Sugarite there was a volcano I just had to see. It was Capulin Volcano National Monument so with my GEEZER card I saved the $5 it would have cost me to get in. NOT BAD!! They asked me the length of my motorhome and I told them 27 ½ feet. They said that anything over 27 feet had to be escorted up the volcano. I quickly fumbled and told them it was only 26 feet and they said I should be able to make it without an escort. It is about a 6% grade so this was a piece of cake compared to Palo Dura Canyon with a grade of 10%. So up the volcano I went. I did notice that there is no guard rail whatsoever and no place to pull over should you have a problem.
This is a view from the top looking down into the volcano. The last time it erupted was 56,000 years ago.
What a view….
It is a spectacular view. If you take the one mile hike around the perimeter of the volcano you can see four different states. I decided to not take the hike. My feet were a bit sore still from the Lighthouse Trail hike and I wanted to get on to the Sugarite Canyon campgrounds. I did go thru the Visitor’s Center and saw some interesting rock formations. I would highly recommend it to anyone traveling thru this area. It was well worth the stop.
I thought you might get a kick out of this pic taken while filling up with gas in Clayton, NM. I hardly had even enough room to pump the gas. LOL!!!
Now I am on my way to Sugarite Canyon State Park just below the Colorado/New Mexico border.
I apologize for the numerous posts uploaded yesterday and today. However, I have not had any Internet service for almost a week and would like to catch up.
Great view from your site. We’ve never been to Clayton Lake or Sugarite Canyon but have heard Sugarite is really nice. Have fun!
Jim, great shots. Makes me wish we were back in NM. Of course, I already wished I was there to begin with. We will have to add Clayton and Sugarite to our agenda. Jim
Keep the posts coming. I may lag in response, but enjoy them nevertheless. 🙂