That was a pleasant stay . . . now it's off to the north and eventually, some high country! Here's the Wonder Egg going over Wild Rose Pass. Named so because of the massive amounts of wild roses found by folks traveling from San Antonio to El Paso way back when . . .
Our destination on this leg of the trip was Roswell, NM. Oscar was all excited about seeing aliens . . . go figure. When we pulled into the Bottomless Lakes State Park Oscar said he couldn't believe they'd allow folks to swim that way in public.
The lakes are natural formations with depths of up to 140'. As far as the cowboys & Native American Indians were concerned, they were bottomless. Oscar wasn't too sure about that explanation so I had to show him that indeed, folks DID wear bottoms while swimming here.
Our camp was surrounded by desert scrub brush. I imagine it was a nice relief to come upon these lakes when traveling across these lands hundreds of years ago . . .
Here is Oscar's new best friend, Max, a former project-manager for teams who repaired nuclear submarines that ran into underwater mountains. Max's rig consisted of a 1984 Soft-Tail Harley Davidson with over 450,000 miles on it, pulling a small trailer with solar power installed. He had a 5" Celestron telescope and we were able to view Neptune and its 4 moons. we also saw the Butterfly Cluster which was a star formation where you could see the butterfly's body & wings . . . amazing! There was a nice meteor display as well but Oscar was still disappointed we didn't see any aliens. Max told Oscar that to see aliens, we'd need to go to Main Street in Roswell.
So . . . there we were . . . downtown Roswell . . . and Oscar said "Look Pete! Aliens!!!" He was a happy dog.