Wednesday 05 September, 2012

Days 81 and 82 – West Texas


Austin is about nine hours from El Paso, fine for a car ride, too long for a motorcycle ride by a few hours. I decided to stop in Fort Stockton for the night, allowing me to take extra time both days for exploring. Whenever I told people I was traveling across Texas they gave me [...]


Austin is about nine hours from El Paso, fine for a car ride, too long for a motorcycle ride by a few hours. I decided to stop in Fort Stockton for the night, allowing me to take extra time both days for exploring. Whenever I told people I was traveling across Texas they gave me a worried or sympathetic look and then said something to the effect of “there’s not much in west Texas”.
My expectations were low, and for the most part, the small towns I came across were underwhelming, but the landscape surprised me. As the landscape changed from the humid tropical climate of Houston/Austin to the semi arid state of Eldorado to the desert of El Paso I found I appreciated the beauty of each zone. West Texas has a surprising solitude considering the crush of humanity in the eastern cities. Because I hade some extra time, I went to visit Carlsbad caverns in New Mexico. I wasn’t planning on the side trip, but when I saw the signs in Van Horn, I thought why not. I’m glad I did. Carlsbad Caverns is spectacular, like a location from Lord of the Rings.

20120904-204526.jpg

20120904-204559.jpg

20120904-204629.jpg

20120904-204704.jpg

20120904-204744.jpg

20120904-204831.jpg

20120904-204902.jpg

20120904-204933.jpg

20120904-204958.jpg

20120904-205028.jpg

20120904-205058.jpg

20120904-205158.jpg

20120904-205225.jpg

20120904-205301.jpg

20120904-205323.jpg

20120904-205353.jpg

20120904-205417.jpg

20120904-205439.jpg

20120904-205542.jpg

20120904-205645.jpg

20120904-205715.jpg

20120904-205740.jpg

20120904-205810.jpg

20120904-205830.jpg

20120904-205846.jpg

20120904-205930.jpg

20120904-205951.jpg

20120904-210015.jpg

2 Comments

  • Scott Nelson says:

    Carlsbad caverns are pretty cool. I stopped there myself many years ago while in the army, driving from Monterey CA to San Angelo TX. Glad you got to see it.

  • Jack VanHesteren says:

    Another great update, Scott. Glad you chose to visit Carlsbad Caverns on your way to El Paso, and that you were able to appreciate the widely contrasted beauties of the cities, forests, as well as the vast wilderness lands that make up Texas. We hope that you will continue to enjoy your trip, as you cross more barren deserts and mountain ranges. There is a lot of unique beauty in each state ahead, but please stay cautious, because the illegal immigrants that you may encounter are some of this country’s most dangerous visitors.


Trackbacks and Pingbacks