El Paso Hostel at 6:30 am. Stopped at the Carlsbad Caverns.
Took the elevator all the way to to bottom. Phew! Check
out their web site.
caverns, I drove on to Brantley Lake (saw a pair of nesting road
runners), but the tenting area was way too far from the lake so I
moved on to Bottomless Lakes State Park where I could set up my tent
practically right next to the water.
is located 12 miles east of Roswell. The water is clear,
visibility is 50 to 60 feet.
relaxing night at the lake, I drove to Roswell and visited the UFO
museum. While in Roswell I bought the usual 17 post cards, and
stopped in a Chinese Restaurant--I needed food, air conditioning,
and a large table to fill out the post cards. Then drove on to
the Oscuro High Desert Hostel Ranch.
fed Lea Lake is the largest of the Bottomless Lakes. The depth
of it's cool, clear water ranges from 17' to 90'.
cool swim in the evening. The lake was deserted, quiet and
was the only tent in the park. There were a couple of
RV's. That night it got very windy. Had to get up and go
outside to find a way to secure the tent flaps. It was cool
when I first got up in the morning, but it heated up very quickly.