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  •  Carlsbad and the like. . . (5+ / 0-)

    I have a diary ready to go next week on that very place. Glad you mentioned it, though. That drive up to the cooler terrain is also a good idea. Thanks for mentioning it. Cloudcroft and Ruidiso is, of course, the most populated metropolises in that part of the state. I'd even suggest driving extra mileage to Lincoln. That's one of my favorite Old West towns.

    So, thanks for adding that good info the diary, elfling. Got any more ideas? Send 'em along.

    Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

    by richholtzin on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 10:35:54 AM PDT

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    •  Indeed, we did this as a loop (4+ / 0-)

      one year, one way to Carlsbad through Cloudcroft, one way thru the Texas panhandle. Cloudcroft is objectively "better," in terms of pleasant scenery, but I highly recommend the experience of the panhandle drive as well. ;-)

      When possible, I recommend taking different routes, when there is the time. It is truly amazing how many different corners there are to these United States, how many places and microclimates and microcommunities there are out there that you've never heard of, that you'll find.

      For example, I've driven I-15 and I-40 more times than I can count, and even done a fair amount of destinations along those roads. And yet, the one time we took a little detour just 5 miles off the main highway, to explore an obscure trail, it was a whole different world. The fragility and life in the desert crust is an amazing thing to behold.

      I also drive California north to south with some frequency, and every once in a while I take the time to drive some new road. (Shockingly, this is still possible for me.) Again, it is just such a pleasure of discovery to find what is behind those hills first hand. :-) Even doing a familiar road at a new time of year is special.

      There are so many incredible places out there that aren't national monuments or state parks... though I still have a lot of state parks (etc) to get to!

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 01:27:15 PM PDT

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      •  those other not so popular places. . . (4+ / 0-)

        well, I'm into that, elfling. I don't know if you're a hiker or a backpacker, though I've racked up thousands of miles doing both, but here in New Mexico, particularly away from city life and such, you can walk one, maybe two miles, and be in the most fantastic country, ever. It's not even protected. I'm thinking the Rio Puerco landscape, say, en route to the Jemez Mountains. I have driven those roads quite a lot, well, I used to, then stopped, put on my backpack and was enthralled with the scenery, the wildlife, the solitude, the silence. All those places you mentioned, and of course, driving slow and easy to make sure the sense perceptions take it all in. . .everyone of those places are special. The Gila Wilderness is also one of my favorites. Anyway, I could go on and on about this, and so could you, but point taken: find the slow roads in life, folks, take your time and explore out of the way places that aren't heavy with foot traffic. And why not break the routine of a driving habit now and again and take a different? Indeed! Thanks for the lovely comment and posting.

        Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

        by richholtzin on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 03:02:32 PM PDT

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