It was a beautiful 150 miles to Oliver Lee Memorial State Park yesterday, our second time here. We are so happy to have a view of mountains again.
The first time we made the drive from Brantley Lake to Alamogordo in February 2009 heading west along highway 82, we didn’t have a Mountain Directory West book, but that sure prompted us to buy one. It was quite a surprise after making the easy climb from Artesia at 3500’ to Cloudcroft at 8600’ over a distance of 70 miles, to descend down to 4300’ over the course of only 16 miles, on a very curvy road with steep drop offs.
Since that was our first ever drive on that kind of road and at those kinds of elevations, we had no idea it would be much more pleasant for both of us without the car hooked up to the motorhome. So yesterday we stopped at a truck brake check area in Cloudcroft and disconnected the car. Jim said it was a world of difference not having the extra weight of the car as he went down the mountain, and I enjoyed driving the car, watching the instant gas mileage vary from 80-99 mpg the entire 16 miles. It’s a very scenic drive across the Sacramento Mountains, and there were still some remnants of snow in places.
Last evening we took a short hike through Dog Canyon.
We love it here.