Winter Road Trip: New Mexico
I never expected to wake up on the floor of a high school gym in the middle of rural New Mexico.
But, even with the Subaru’s all-wheel drive, the roads had gotten so bad that the cops were blocking anyone from continuing down towards the highway. I’d driven all the way from Austin and had gotten to within 80 miles of my hotel, but sometimes these things happen. In any case, I had a sleeping bag with me and the town was nice enough to offer up the high school gym to all of us blizzard refugees. Definitely not the best night of sleep I’ve ever had, but at least I was safe.
The roads were mostly clear by morning, so I headed on.
My original plan was to hit White Sands National Monument, but since the government shutdown had led to its closure, I did my best to find some other locations on the way to Moab, where I’d be meeting a couple friends for the weekend. First stop: a wilderness area in the absolute middle of nowhere…
I’d seen a few photos of this place before, but really didn’t know what to expect. It turned out to be a pretty amazing spot. Had I not been pressed for time, I would have loved to spend hours exploring and taking photos closer to sunset. I’ll definitely be back.
Shiprock, New Mexico
Shiprock, New Mexico had been on my list for a while and it wasn’t terribly far out of the way en route to Moab. I timed it well, arriving at the massive geologic formation just in time for sunset.
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