Road Trip to New Mexico
Nightfall, heat stroke, wild burrows.
We cook dinner, a dehydrated homemade organic camping meal. Adding some fresh chives and Sriracha. I’m really hot at this point, stripped down to my underwear, sitting in the dark after sunset. I’m not getting any cooler. I wrap myself in wet cotton. It helps, but only as long as I keep doing it. I check the weather, it’s still 104. So we start checking the topographic maps. There is a road not far that goes about a thousand feet up in elevation. So we pack up and head that way.
We watch the temperature drop, 1 degree at a time, as we start driving up. Driving on a winding narrow desert road. Suddenly we are in a town, it’s deserted despite it being only 10:30. There are some glowing neon lights for a bar. I see a post office, and a candy shop, everything looks like an old western movie. We wonder if we’ve driven into a movie set, or some strange forgotten town that never left the past.
There are donkeys standing in the road. That’s the first of many donkey sitings on this trip. Donkey’s, also known as burrows, were brought in to work the mines, and left to roam the wild. They are beautiful, and make very funny yelling sounds. We make our way up a steep winding road. On one side we can see a rock cliff, on the other side it’s completely black, we assume it drops off into an abyss.
Finally we reach the summit of the pass, to my delight I see a spot where we can set up camp. The temperature is now 97 degrees. Sweet relief.
I crawl into my tent, and fall asleep on my zrest, no need for a sleeping bag or anything else.
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