Readers-

I’m posting this in a fit of Vicodin and pique. In lieu of writing, I thought I’d share photos from my Christmas 2007 road trip–one of my best ever (I know, I always say that).  If you find yourself making the trip to Carlsbad Caverns to see the bats coming and going, may I suggest a side trip to Guadalupe Mountains National Park, a mere 30 miles away in west Texas?  It’s much less crowded and much more scenic.

The photos below are from McKittrick Canyon, which starts off as desert flora and turns into alpine by hike’s end at the Blue Grottos.  What a Christmas that was.  Sigh…

 

Cacti Welcome Center

Cacti Welcome Center

 

Yuk Yuk Yucca

Yuk Yuk Yucca

Yucca-lined Trail

Yucca-lined Trail

 

Weather-worn Wood and Texas Blue Sky

Weather-worn Wood and Texas Blue Sky

 

Me Loves Me Some Weather-Beaten Trees

Me Loves Me Some Weather-Beaten Trees

 

Zee Trail, Twas Wet

Zee Trail, Twas Wet

SheSpoke at Trail's End--The Blue Grotto

SheSpoke at Trail's End--The Blue Grotto

The brochures tell me that the fall colors at McKittrick rival those of New England. I’ll have to return in the fall to be convinced.

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