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.