I got dozy, so I pulled over in Hope, New Mexico.
|Buses are welcome in Alice's Treasure Box.|
This just seemed like too much Americana in this iconic place not to photograph.
|Still too much Americana.|
I spent the night before in Brantley Lake State Park. It was my intention to boondock down by the water, but I felt especially tired and dry-camping suddenly felt like work. Electricity and water near the toilet? $4? Sold. It's a comfortable park; the only downside I could detect was the drifty smell from Artesia.
After Carlsbad Caverns, I drove on to Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas to spend the night. The campsites are only parking spaces, but, for the view of El Capitan? All is forgiven. $4/ night with National Parks annual pass.
That was then, and now I just left Rockhound State Park. Found no rocks I needed to hound - just a nice, easy trail and terrific views of the basin.
Next ... maybe a fast trip to Flagstaff to see some cousins? Maybe I should check with them first? Nah - they love it when I walk right in without warning.