On our way, we stopped to see Valley of Fires, an area made up of lava flow from 5,000 years ago.
The day was beautiful, and it was so cool to see all the black rocks!
New Mexico is pretty awesome because you can go from desert to forest to white sand, all within a few hours. Our next stop was Water Canyon, a campsite in the Cibola National Forest. When we tried to make it up to the campsite, which is at the top of a hill, our poor Jeep couldn’t do that while towing the trailer, so we pulled into a day use spot at the bottom of the hill where we met someone else who was staying there overnight with his cat!
Funny story – we walked up the hill to see the campsite and all of a sudden I was a step away from a HUGE snake and screamed! Luckily it was dead…but I didn’t realize that until I had screamed and jumped back haha
She loved exploring outside!
The area was amazing. It’s intended for day use only, but because it was so quiet we didn’t see any problem staying overnight while we figured out what type of truck to get. May not have been the most relaxing stop since we were stressed about the Jeep, but at least we were surrounded by beauty.
These little birds were everywhere!
The next morning we decided to visit VLA – Very Large Array. You’ll recognize it from the great movie, Contact, with Jodie Foster. They have 27 astronomical ratio antennas that weigh 230 tons each! The visitor area is closed due to Covid, but you can see all of them right on the road! It was really a sight to be seen.
Next up – a new truck! It was stressful trying to find something so quick, but we really lucked out and found something great.