After our magical night in White Sands, we headed over to Truth or Consequences, a town named after a radio and TV show from way back when. Technically we stayed in Elephant Butte, at the Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Little known fact: the last elephant to inhabit this region, Gary, was shot and killed by poachers in 1976. It is a very nice lake, and we ended up having three nights in a nice spot with a view over the lake. See more photos here.
On our first full day in town we took a tour of Spaceport America, the world’s first commercial spaceport. There isn’t a whole lot going on there at the moment, so we were able to checkout the in’s and out’s of the whole place. It was pretty awe inspiring, even as empty as it was. I’m going to go ahead and start saving up for my space ticket, as things are going to really start picking up there later this year.
The next day was our first day without any major plans or large repairs to take on, so naturally we sat on the roof and burned our bellies (technically just me) in the hot New Mexican sun.
I also thought I had finally capture a photo of the elusive Roadrunner crossing a (dirt) road, but later learned that I don’t know anything about birds and that this was a Gambel’s Quail.
Bike riding was nice, particular for that lazy dog Miles.
After T or C, as the locals call it, we headed out towards Sedona, Arizona. We decided to split the drive in half since it was about 7 hours or so. Our plan was to stay in a small town called Pie Town, New Mexico, but after stopping for pie, we decided we had more in us and made it all of the way to the parking lot of the Crystal Forest Museum and Gift Shop at the entrance of the Petrified Forest National Monument. It wasn’t a bad place to stop. In the morning we had a fun chat with a 15 year full-timer named Howard and then hit the road for Sedona, which is where we are now. This place is absolutely stunning, stay tuned…
As always, here are our current stats.
PS, happy birthday Alex!