|City of Rocks Campsite...(c)2015Horst Kelly Photographer|
Woke up around 0500 on the 10th…still a wee bit dark…made a large cup of java and sat outside to watch the sun rise over the horizon….since I wanted to get to City of the Rocks as early as possible I hitched up as soon as I could see…then got cleaned up, had a banana for breakfast and hit the road…its about a half hour drive north before you reach l-10…plus you have a Border Patrol Check Point…It’s a boring drive…speed limit 75 and or 80 and I have my blinkers on doing 55…..The wind started picking up and the flat dusty terrain was a break from the boredom….got to Deming, took exit 82? and headed North about 35 miles to City of Rocks State Park…..It’s a good thing I had decided to Dry Camp as all there “hookup” Sites where taken…in fact 90% of there Dry Camp sites where taken…I had forgotten about the National Holiday and 3 day weekend, I went around the loop, had referenced some other Blogs that provided what they thought where the best sites…of Course all where taken….I come to the last bend before being back at the Visitors Center….sitting up on a knoll, engulfed by Boulders, was campsite 45…..yes I had to back up hill, yes there was a couple obstructions, etc…..but what a find…when I parked it was like camping at Stonehenge…The structures wrapped themselves around Ms Casita as if to say…”while here I will protect you, little Egg”….
|1st sunrise at City of Rocks CG...(c)2015 Horst Kelly Photographer|
|City of the Rocks Cg...(c)2015Horst Kelly Photographer|
|City Of the Rock CG...(c)2015Horst Kelly photographer|
|CoR from a hillside...(c)2015Horst Kelly photographer|
Monday I went on my drive to the Gila National Forest…what a treat that was…..within 30 miles from Gila monsters scorpions and rattlesnakes and lot of cacti and sand, I am in what first appeared to be similar to Glacier….and then it was a twin of the Smokey Mountains…it dropped 15 to 20 degrees,had tall Pine trees, I could just imagine Black Bears roaming the area…and the road just kept on climbing Emery Peak finally arrived..at 8228 feet…it sure seemed higher..I don’t think I have ever traveled on a mountain road with so many “switchbacks”. Along the way I so five Camp Grounds..most only had tent sites however Iron Creek CG had about 5 sites which could accommodate a small camper..surrounded by pines, pit toilet and isolation…oh and a mountain stream right next to you…I debated long and hard about that being my next stop….decided I didn’t want to pull a camper with all those switch backs up and down that road….but it was tempting…a couple of glasses of Merlot..and who knows…
|Gila National Forest...(c)2015Horst Kelly Photographer|
|GNF, notice the road...(c)2015Horst Kelly Photographer|
|GNF...(c)2015Horst Kelly Photographer|
So the 12th I leave for the back side of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park…with in interim stop somewhere in New Mexico…..more to follow…
|Ok...one more of CoR...(c)2015Horst Kelly Photographer|
...Barney of OFM is here…..tomorrow he is going to take me to the back side of the Guadalupe Mountains(something I have wanted to see since stumbling upon this place last year) and then some Water Falls…looking forward to both!!……we had dinner at a BBQ place, good stuff, and got caught up swapping Lies about our adventures..Great start for a new Adventure...Thanks Barney....
|Of Course a sunset from my CoR campsite...(c)2015Horst Kelly Photographer|
Until next time, Happy Trails, and thanks for taking the time to stop by....Horst sends