Camping in Guadalupe Mountain National Park, Texas

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas, USA

“Going to the woods and wild places has little to do with recreation and much to do with creation.” – Wendell Berry, Words From the Land

“Conocer las areas naturales tiene poco que ver con el recreo y mucho que ver con la creacion.” – Wendell Berry, Words From the Land

(March 28 to 30, 2019) I was going to skip the Carlsbad Caverns National Park because I didn’t want to drive in the opposite direction. People told me how magnificent the Carlsbad Cavern is. The big room in the Cavern is about 14 football fields in size. Okay… I have no reason to rush! I am here. The Cavern is about two hours driving distance from El Paso. (I am a slow driver with my old car.) I decided to visit Carlsbad Caverns

At dawn, I checked out of the hotel in El Paso and drove to Guadalupe Mountain National Park Campground because there is no overnight stay campground in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. After driving about a half way, I saw red and blue blinking lights behind my car. I pulled over. A Texas Highway Patrol told me that “He stopped me because I had my high beam lights on”. He must have u-turned somewhere. When I drive in a remote area, I turn on the headlamps, but not the high beams. I told him so. He stayed in front of my car and asked me to turn on and off the high beams. Then, after confirming that I didn’t have the high beams on: “Have a safe trip, Mam!”

It is nice to see highway patrol cars on such a remote road. I felt secure thinking about a possible car problem; besides, this officer had really cute smiley eyes and an ear to ear smile……..

Guadalupe Mountains View from Highway 60/180, Texas, USA
My Lovely Camping Site: so many stars at night, beautiful sunrise, very quiet cozy place in the wilderness! Guadalupe National Park Campground, Texas
View from Frijole Trail, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas, USA
Picture with Patty from Pennsylvania after first night camping in Guadalupe Mountains. She had to leave for work. We had morning coffee time together. Guadalupe Mountains, Texas, USA
Carlsbad Cavern Entrance and Amphitheater where people can watch bats coming out in the evening, New Mexico, USA
Nice Walkway to the Caverns, about 750 feet down from the entrance, Carlsbad Cavern, New Mexico, USA
Lion Tails, Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico, USA
Draperies in the Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico, USA
An RV Converted from an Old Greyhound Bus from the 60th. It has about 5 millions miles on it. The family from Colorado invited me for dinner. Very well designed comfortable setting inside. Guadalupe National Park, Texas, USA
Picture with 7th Grader “Gavin” from Colorado and “Tony” from New York in Greyhound Converted RV (Gavin’s Family). Tony travels with his car and a motorcycle enclosed trailer. Tony will pickup his wife from Phoenix same day I visit my friend in Phoenix. Tony and his wife will be in Joshua Tree Park same days I am staying there also. How coincident!!! Guadalupe National Park, Texas, USA
New Purchased Item, a hiking pole. I lost the black tip of the pole when hiking up in the trail, first day of using it. I asked all encountered hikers to look for it. An hiker from Oklahoma left it on the rock. By speaking to him later, I found he was traveling alone for six days because his kids and wife didn’t want to camp. He carried a Garmin GPS Satellite Device for his family’s peace of mind. Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas, USA

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