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... As far as side trips you could visit Karchner’s Caverns or Tombstone but those are sights that have already been seen. Besides, we’re hell bent on getting to Jacksonville, FL by mid-day on the 3rd so Roy can be in the Keys and on the water for the 4th of July with good friends, Mike and Dawn.
Here’s what we saw as we drove down 1-10. Lots and lots of pecan and walnut tree farms; ...
... ground,full of stalactites, stalagmites, columns, draperies and other weird phenomena. Oh, bats too. We toured just the Big Room, descending 754' in an elevator and the walking for over a mile through a truly amazing display of nature's whimsy. Here's the short version: 250 million yrs ago a 400 mile long reef formed under an inland sea; it rose and cracked and the sea evaporated; the Guadeloupe Mts ...
... that showed their presence. They looked around and decided to have a huge "A" (for the New Mexico university Aggies because the university was known for agriculture) on Tortugas mountain. In all we walked about 4 km up to an observatory station and microwave tower. The hike ended at 2:10 PM so we decided to drive down to El Paso, Texas ...
We will never again drive I-10 from San Antonio to El Paso. Whew, what a desolate, wind-swept highway! Around every bend, nothing but scrubby desert as far as the eye can see. And a lot of that was accompanied by high winds. Once, a very strong punch was gusted directly into the side of our overworked motorhome and Mike was forced to slow way down in order to maintain control. ...
... but I got by by using the glance and go method. We reached Hatch, which is actually a town. Nutt, as it stands was naught but one building and a few highway signs.
In Hatch, we took the scenic route, Hwy 85, and eventually crossed the Rio Grande River. It's rather brown down her during the winter, but along the river one could see where when it greens-up it must be beautiful. We eventually found the Campground, having listened to the Droid GPS ...
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