Day 73 - A Morning In Volks Heaven
Trip Start May 19, 2008
176Trip End Nov 08, 2008
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Where I stayed
Valley Of Fires National Recreation Area
It was a short drive back into Albuquerque where we eventually found the tiny "Old Town". Nothing more than a handful of old buildings and lots of shops all selling the same touristy stuff
We left Albuquerque around 1pm and took Highway 47 which runs south roughly parallel with the I-25 and passes through several small towns. At Bernardo we had no choice but to get on the Interstate as Highway 47 ran out a few miles further on. It was only a short stretch of freeway for us, around 35 miles and we made two brief stops along the way. One for "comfort" and the other for lunch under the shade of a tree in the village of "Alamillo". Just south of Socorro we exited onto Highway 380 heading roughly east. For around the first 30 miles, when we looked left or right we could see for miles in both directions, no hills just vast expanses of fairly flat, open land. The majority of the area to our right and the south is taken up by the White Sands Missile Range and the "Trinity Site", where the world's first atomic bomb was exploded July 16, 1945. They seem very proud of that fact.
The terrain became more undulating as we approached our campground 4 miles west of the town of Carrizozo, the Valley of Fires National Recreation Area
N.B. No-See-Ums. We were first introduced (as it were) to no-see-ums by Harold the camp host at Cataract Lake Campground on the outskirts of Williams. He described them as the tiny little black specks that give you a tiny bite without you hardly being able to "see 'um"! Well obviously we thought this was a colloquial name for them, only to discover a few days later when buying insect repellent that it is a term commonly used throughout the US, as there it was on the label "Repels blah, blah, blah and no-see-ums". Well we never! The ones at the "valley of the flies" weren't black though, more of a cinnamon colour, so maybe they were chiggers! Yes "chiggers". We don't actually know what these are, but our latest bottle of insect repellent is good for these as well
Miles travelled: 175
Total miles travelled: 6458
Days on road: 53
States visited: 11
National Parks visited: 10