Oliver Lee State Park

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This is a nice little desert campground.  So many different cacti – succulent plants – it is amazing how in a 10 foot square you can see so many different plants.  Oliver Lee is about 15 miles from the town of Alamogordo in Southwest New Mexico.  About 30 miles or so from the White Sands National Monument. (we are about 85 north of El Paso Texas)

When we were first arriving at the campground yesterday in the early afternoon I wasn’t too sure if it was going to be a great campground. This is taken through the windshield – see the white specks in the distance?   those are campers Smile no trees – no big trees that is – everything right out in the sun.

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But here it is all set up – we have a nice blue sky – we have electric and water hook ups so the air conditioner can be run in the afternoon when it is at it’s hottest.  And look at all these plants.

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A cacti – succulent garden up near the visitor center shows the names of most of the plants that I have been seeing the last couple of days or is it a week now – I loose track of time when on the road.

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Of course we found a trail to take – this one was just a short 1/2 mile loop, we didn’t realize there was a spring here, but you go a short way from the visitor center and the trail winds down to a wash where there can be flash flooding and a little stream is there.  Year round from the way I understood.  There is another longer trail that we did not take as we were going to the space museum this afternoon – the trail is about 5 1/2 miles long and goes way up into the mountains – it would be a day hike for sure and lot’s of water bottles!  Maybe another time.

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Succulents mixed in with trees.

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The water was low but running and quite cool to the touch.

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And of course I spotted a lizard!  I love lizards they are so cute and normally freeze still when they know someone is nearby.  If you get too close they dash off. I was about 5 feet from this guy and zoomed in on him.  He is little  – maybe 6 inches or so?

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I have had several people ask how primitive are the bathrooms at some of these parks.  Well first of all we have our own in the camper so we don’t need to use the public ones – but here is one of two showers in the public restrooms here at the state park (much better facilities than at primitive parks (those only have no flush toilets usually)

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Sink area with an outlet for a hair dryer

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Flush toilets Smile  so if you are tent camping – you have everything you need!

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Today we went to a space museum – which really I didn’t find that interesting but Mike did – before the museum – we did our laundry in town (Mike carried it in and I did the work :)  – can’t escape the mundane chores of life! Even went to Wal-Mart after the museum to pick up grocery’s!

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Back on the road in the morning (15th) to the Carlsbad area – talk to you all then.

Oh and I forgot – here is a photo of a roadrunner that I saw today

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5 comments… add one

  • regina chronister Oct 15, 2011

    wow I have enjoyed the trip. I just do not feel rested.

  • Karen Oct 15, 2011

    I am really impressed with the facilities at each of these parks. So well maintained.
    Every park has it’s own character and there always seems to be something new or an interesting walk. I am getting itchy feet and want to travel again!
    Love the pic of the road runner. They are such a quirky looking bird!
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  • lil red hen Oct 15, 2011

    After seeing these mountains, we really can’t call what we have mountains. Just out of this world!!

  • Tonni Oct 15, 2011

    The picture you took out the window is amazing… how much higher was the mountain than what you can see in the picture?!?! Roadrunner…Beep….Beep…. reminds me of the cartoon when I was small :) I’ve never seen one myself!
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  • Deb Oct 15, 2011

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying New Mexico. Drove past White Sands National Park yesterday on my way home to Amarillo, TX. The roadrunner is the state bird of New Mexico. Check out the 3 quilt shops in Carlsbad if you have time.

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