Today we drove from Sante Fe to Carlsbad,New Mexico. Carlsbad is famous for its amazing caves and caverns and the bats that live in them. The country is very dry - with lots of yuccas and cactuses - the flat kind of cactus that grows in big clumps.
We took highway 285 most of the way. It is mostly a divided highway - very flat and straight. Often there was no other traffic in sight and very few big trucks - unlike the interstate highways. We passed through the beautiful pale yellow plains with a turquoise and blue sky overhead.
It is easy to see why New Mexico is famous for its artists - like Gerogia O'Keefe. The colours are so gorgeous. The New Mexico flag and license plates are bight yellow and red - the colours Penny wanted to paint her bedroom when she was a teenager.
Some of the small towns seem very derelict. There are numerous abandoned gas stations.
However, Carlsbad itself is a busy place. The Pecos River runs through and there is actually lots of water in it - very different from the other dried up river beds we passed. We took a nice brisk walk along the river after we arrived. Penny is reading "Spark," a popular book on brain plasticity and the need for exercise to keep our brains working effectively - so the walk was just the thing. Here is the Pecos River after the sun had set.
There seem to be lots of pecan orchards just north of Carlsbad - no doubt watered from the river.
Tomorrow we're off to Big Bend/Terlingua in Texas.