From Indianapolis to Guadalupe
Once at the top, and attempting to sleep at the top, I realized that my Wal-Mart beef jerky had a nasty side effect............wicked gas! Thank the Lord my wife wasn't with me, b/c I probably wouldn't be here today. The gas was bad enough that I really couldn't sleep at all that night, I ended up sleeping in short bursts in between..........bursts........and ended up cursing myself, the ranger that told me to eat so much jerky, and the jerky itself. Still, I was ecstatic to be sleeping above 8,000 feet, and experiencing the extreme quiet that comes with camping at this site in the mountains. Incredible!
Guadalupe done, now off to NM!After I descended Guadalupe, I was off to Carlsbad Caverns, which I had never seen before. I've been to Mammoth Cave in KY, so the caverns weren't a complete surprise, but I did catch one pic which I enjoyed. If nothing else, it helped me remember what I was....um, coming home to.....if that makes sense....
After visiting Carlsbad, I spent the night in Roswell, NM (not recommended), then visited Lincoln, NM to see some history (not recommended), and the next day visited White Sands National Monument (highly recommended!) The Alkali Flat trail is about 4.6 miles over the gypsum sand dunes, and was incredible. The instant you go over the first dune, you're all alone for the next 4.5 miles. Breathtaking scenery!
Organ Mountains...and the La Posta mexican restaurant!
I hiked this 4.6 mile trip in the Organs with an extreme hunger quotient going on, knowing I would eventually arrive in Mesilla, NM to have the best Mexican cuisine I would ever encounter, La Posta!!!!!!!
I ate things I don't even know what they were, but it was totally worth it for this Indianapolis flatlander. Anyone around this area should seek out La Posta, an old mail-stop in business for over 70+ years, to eat there. It was amazing! I'll never forget my time on this trip, and the landscape is truly incredible. I can't wait to spend more time in this area of the country!