El Paso, TX to Carlsbad, NM (April 8 & 9)
Carlsbad Travel Blog› entry 19 of 52 › view all entries
Stopped for gas first thing this morningâ€¦cheapest we have encounter so far on the trip, $2.729. GW seems to be taking care of his own.
Not too far out of El Paso we encountered the Border Patrol conducting a stop and check of all vehicles going in our direction. There was just one car, two patrolmen and a large dog. After a quick question of where we were going we passed on through.
Driving along through the desert country was beautiful today with lots of soft hills, different cacti and some cattle here and there. In that desert is a detention facility. Not long after passing it we again approached a traffic stop and check. This time it was both directions, county Sheriffs (at least 6), multible police cars, a prisoner bus, a motor home office setup, and three unhappy men dressed in black and white stripes sitting in the shade of the office rv. This officer wanted Daveâ€™s license and insurance paper work, chatted a bit then passed us on through. I so wanted to take a picture of the goings on but thought better of it much to Daveâ€™s relief.
We stopped at the Guadalupe Mountain National Park and toured the exhibit at the ranger station. Very informative info of the flora and critters of the park.
Drove on to Carlsbad Caverns and took the road up to the caverns even though it was too late in the day for any tours. When we reached about 3200 ft altitude we were surprised to see snow on the cactus. Had to have a picture of that. We will be back tomorrow to do the tour.
Its another cold windy night.
Chevron gas @ El Paso, TX --$2,729---15.41 mpg---- total miles: 3445 @ 13.95 mpg