All pictures taken with Nokia Lumia Icon 929 Cell Phone
I arrived at Brantley State Park on Monday, the 19th after a short tow of only 100 miles. With such a short haul, I stopped on the way to do some grocery shopping at Walmart in the town of Artesia. As I was approaching Artesia, it seemed as though I crossed an imaginary line in the oil/gas fields as there were oil service industries everywhere. Quite a change from the last several weeks.
Brantley State Park is located several miles off the main road and is on a small oasis. This is my third New Mexico State Park and none of the offices/visitors centers have been opened. The volunteer camp hosts seem to be running the camp grounds. Routine maintenance is being ignored in 2 of the 3 parks. I can only assume there must be a budget crisis in the state.
|The campground is somewhere down this road|
|At least the clouds were putting on a show|
|Brantley Lake. I only saw one boat on the lake.|
|View from my window|
One of the reasons I came here is to visit Sitting Bull Falls. I had heard of this place as I passed through the southern part of the state during the early spring of last year but didn't stop. This time, I paid it a visit. It is located 31 miles off of the U.S. Highway. The road is in very good condition but has few travelers. During the 31 miles, I saw only 2 other passenger vehicles and a couple of tanker trucks. It is a nice drive through some pretty country. Although it is pretty country, it is not pristine. There are many signs of oil and gas exploration with a few visible pipeline locations. To me, it was not a problem.
|Lonely road, but a nice drive.|
|I can imagine that cone shaped hill being used as a guidpost/landmark in the past.|
|You cross this valley and the falls are in those mountains in the distance.|
|The road surface changes for the last few miles, but still in very good condition|
|The road begins to follow the dry streambed. This is definitely a flash flood location during heavy rains upstream.|
|That is the camp host's RV on the right. He just started a 6 month stint and will be here through the winter. Very isolated duty.|
|The rock shelters are picnic locations.|
I found a bench too. :)
|Nice view over the whole picnic area.|
|A bench at the falls|
|The camp host was told this place is packed in the summertime.|
|I took this picture mainly because of the strange looking cloud.|
I'll be seeing the famous caverns today. I'm preparing myself for a let-down because of the hype surrounding the caverns. I hope I'm not disappointed.
|Mediocre sunset last night. Hopefully a better one tonight|
Tomorrow is moving day. I'll be headed to Balmorhea State Park in Balmorhea, Texas. I'll be moving every 3 days for the next couple weeks as I head back towards Louisiana.
Ya'll take care of each other. I'll Cya down the road.