all pictures taken with Nokia Lumia Icon 929 Cell Phone
This campground and the surrounding area is the best blend of nature and man than I have seen in a while.
I visited one of the man-made features the other day when I decided to play a round of golf at the local golf course. It was late in the afternoon when I teed off and after one hole it was as if I was by myself on the course. I didn't have to wait on anyone ahead of me nor did I have to worry about anyone catching me from behind. It was great. I had time to park the cart under the shade of a tree and just drink in the surroundings. The blue of the sky, the white of the clouds, the green of the grass and the grey/browns of the desert. It was a total contrast of bright colors. It was a definite "wow".
|I was already aware.|
|As if I needed proof that I didn't walk the course.|
|This gives an idea how far away the cart path are from the greens. This is one of the many tap-in |
|A nice contrast of colors.|
|This is the elevated tee box on number 9 looking at the club house in the distance.|
|The golf course has an extraordinary number of sand traps. I can honestly say I did not have to play a single sand shot during the whole round because I removed the ball if it mistakenly found its way into the sand.|
|Looking back on the fairway from the 18th green. The round was over.|
The day before playing golf I visited the Tent Rocks National Monument located only about 5 miles from the campground. This is the Natural Beauty part of this post. The Tent Rocks are geological shapes formed from ancient volcanoes that spewed ash and pumice everywhere followed by years and years of wind/water erosion. This formed the teepee shaped formations, some with rocks still balanced on the top. A very nice Veterans Memorial overlook has also been built at the end of a 3 1/2 mile dirt road with section that are very washboarded. This was once again a blend of man-made and natures beauty.
|It was another pretty day with blue skies and puffy clouds|
|A windmill and cattle water troughs along the way|
|Seems like a dirt road always lead to good things|
|I couldn't decide which dirt road picture to include, so I used both.|
|You know you're close when you see the flags flying|
|This may be "staghorn" or "buckhorn" cholla. I'm just guessing, so if someone knows for sure, let me know.|
|Veterans Memorial Overlook|
|The grey/white material is ash and pumice from volcanic eruptions long, long ago. There were 40 separate eruptions within 10 miles of here.|
|I was at about the same elevation as the mesa in the distance. I wondered why mesas are usually so flat but have not been able to find an answer that satisfies me.|
|There are a lot of tent rocks in this picture. They are sometimes hard to see, even in real life because they blend in with everything around it|
|A few tent rocks on top. Easy to see with the sky as the background. There are also several others in this picture.|
Tomorrow is moving day and I'll be headed to a state park near Roswell, New Mexico. Yep, UFO country.
Ya'll take care of each other. I'll Cya down the road.