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Old 05-28-2009, 05:50 PM   #43
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Boondocking in the Lincoln Nat Forest

Found a nice spot to boondock just outside of Sunspot. Today I mostly goofed off around the campsite, although I did go for a pretty good walk. I will go visit the observatories in the next couple of days.

The view below is about a minutes walk from where I am camped. Just to the right of the small peak, you can make out Alamogordo and the lighter patch beyond is White Sands.

The second image is a plate boundary monitoring station tracking movement in the tectonic plates. The system works off of GPS but is supposed to measure changes in the millimeter range.
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:54 AM   #44
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Wow! what a neat picture. Mine did not come out nearly so well. It was snowing and cold with lots of snow still on the ground, when we were directed to a parking lot in which to boondock on top of that same mountain in mid March this year. We explored the observatories and the dog loved the snow but we only stayed one night. We were on our way back home from southern Arizona in our six week effort to escape the cold winter in Michigan.
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Thanks Nancy, glad you like the picture. I bet that was a cold night, its nearly June and I have a heater on at night. How did you like the observatory?

If you remember, that parking lot has two roads going off them, one is barricaded and leads up to the GPS monitoring station, the second leads out of the other end of the lot to the parking area. The boondocking area is just a few hundred yards up that road.
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Old 05-31-2009, 09:32 PM   #46
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bemused

Okay, I know this is off beat, but there it is.




The last rays of golden light fall upon the aspen and pines.
In the lengthening shadows
I sit in camp alone, bemused to find myself middle aged;
savoring bird song, the occasional roll of distant thunder,
and the smell of the New Mexico mountains-
that smell of pine pollen and dust that is like nowhere else.
It is a smell that leaves me nostalgic and I remember the summers of my youth now over twenty years gone.

In the fading twilight I get up and go inside.
I know I will never know those times again, and I wonder:
twenty years hence
will the smell of these mountains still inspire me while leaving me with a sense of something never to be recaptured?



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Old 06-01-2009, 10:56 PM   #47
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White Sands National Monument

some sand
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More white sands

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Yuccing it up

I especially like the composition on the one with the yucca.

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hi Rodney- I too am enjoying following your trip this year, from the comfort (and boredom) of my pc chair. Couple things I wanted to say: New Mexico has a great State Park system, well-known among snowbirds as having very reasonably priced campsites, with electric if you want it. I think it is $8 or $10 a night for basic site, $14 with electric. This includes of course water and nice restrooms, and often showers. But the best deal for folks spending more than about 22 nites in these parks is to buy a year pass for something like $250, and then basic sites are free, electric ones only $4.
The other thing I wanted to mention is a plug for the Pagosa Springs area, especially the Williams Reservoir area and surrounding Nat. Forest and Weminuche Wilderness. Up by the reservoir, there are both Nat. Forest pay campsites, as well as free boondocking sites (last time I was there). Absolutely beautiful, about 25 miles from town. We also own a few acres a few miles west of town if you'd like to boondock there for a few nights- PM me if interested in that. I might even meet you there if timing is right.
Depending on your itinerary, here's a couple other places in NM we recently visited and liked: Santa Rosa, a friendly small town with a great attraction- the Blue Hole, a limestone "cenote" filled by a spring that is a great swimming (and diving) hole. Right in town!
There are free hot springs northwest of Las Vegas, and a state park not too far away to camp in.
Manzano State Park, north of Mountainair, is nice and quiet, and very near a nice 1600's Spanish mission.
Looking forward to your next post- be safe and have fun! -tim
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Thanks for the tips and the offer Tphan! I love the area around Pagosa Springs. I spent a couple weeks in southern Colorado last summer and will likely do the same again this year.

I am pulling out of my boondock spot here in the Lincoln National Forest tomorrow to start drifting toward Lubbock for the wedding this weekend. I want to be in Lubbock Thursday or early Friday. After that, if all goes to plan, I will head into northern New Mexico. I expect to be in the northern half of the state for about a month, seeing favorite places and checking out some new ones. From there I will ease into southern Colorado for a bit. I have to remember to get over to Indianapolis by late July. After that, I think I may have to check out my old stomping grounds in middle and east Tennessee. Hopefully by then the job market will have loosened up a bit and I will have a slot for the fall semester. One day at a time I guess, in the mean time, this is a pretty genteel and inexpensive way to be unemployed .
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Guadalupe Mountain NP parking lot

Hi Rodney, I thought I posted yesterday, but must have clicked the wrong button Kate & I left the Guadalupe Mtns shortly after you pulled out and went to Fort Davis where we stayed in the Davis Mountains State Park. There were 4 other Airstreams in the park while we we were there. Amazing to see that many in one place without being a rally. Weather was great with open windows and no need for A/C. We checked out the roadside park that we talked about north of McDonald Observatory, but decided we wanted full hookups for the 4 nights we were there. We enjoyed talking to you and hope to see you again at some campground in the future. Have a safe and enjoyable summer.

We are now back home in hot and humid central Texas and thinking about our next camping trip.

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Just absolutely love this photo, Rodney! Looking forward to yet another photo-vacation from you! What kind of filter are you using on your B&W?
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Dennis, glad that you checked in, I was wondering what happened to you two. What did you think of that roadside park, think it would be on okay overnight spot? I will be getting another hit of hot and humid Texas myself in a day or two when I get into Lubbock.

Jaxon, glad you like the image. No filters were used. In photoshop I convert the image into LAB color and then knock out the color channels. Then using curves I make most of my tonal adjustments and sharpening. It is a flaky way to do black and white, but I feel like I get better results that way than by the desaturation tool.
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Camping from Roswell to Lubbock?

Can anyone recommend a decent inexpensive place to camp around Roswell or maybe toward Lubbock? Any free dump stations and/or water sources would be appreciated as well

Anyone stayed at Bottomless lake SP?
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Hi Rodney, the roadside park between Fort Davis and Kent looks like a good place for an overnight stay. I did not see any signs prohibiting overnight camping. There are several city parks that have free camping near Lubbock. I have stayed in the Brownfield city park where they had water & electricity and a dump station all for free. Levelland is another one near Lubbock with free water, electric and dump for up to 3 nights. You might check freecampgrounds.com to find others. For free dump stations, take a look at sanidumps.com and select country USA. Then you can select the state where dump stations are listed and a column lists if they are free.

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