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Southwest Family Adventure Trip Report

 
Old 05-29-2019, 09:45 AM
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Default Southwest Family Adventure Trip Report

Day 0
550.4 miles
So it is finally here! Time for our long awaited 2 week driving camping adventure vacation to the southwest. Carlsbad Caverns, White Sands,White Rim Trail, Arches and beyond. Lets get started!
I was able to get off work at noon on Friday so we decide to leave that afternoon instead of the next morning. It was a nice head start on an amazing trip.


All packed up!



And on the road!






Well I'm going out west
Where the wind blows tall




We stopped in Mt. Pleasant Texas for dinner at Outlaw's BBQ. Nice place, friendly people and good food. Beware, the hot BBQ sauce is HOT!!!




We stopped at a motel in Weatherford Texas for the night. Not a very exciting 1st post, but it is how the trip started. With an early start in the morning we will be 700 feet underground shortly after lunch! We will be getting to the good stuff tomorrow!


More to follow soon...
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Dang, you're like 10 miles from me if you're in Weatherford! It's a LOOOOoooonnnngggg drive west from here! Hope you have a great trip!
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Day 1
521.7 miles

After leaving early from Weatherford we soon discovered west Texas is empty, except for oil wells. After a long drive and lunch at a taco shack in Hobbs, NM we made it to our 1st NP of the trip, Carlsbad Caverns. The drive in to the visitor center is very nice and scenic. And the caverns are amazing









Local plant life




Viewing area for the bat flight


Natural entrance


Natural entrance and switchbacks from inside


Natural entrance from way down deep


The Painted Grotto


My pictures did not do so well in the caverns. I should have brought some extra light. Our daughter could not have been more excited and impressed with Carlsbad, her 1st national park.

After leaving we drove to Brantley Lake SP to camp. As soon as we started setting up the RTT the wind started blowing about 30mph. With a little nudging from the wife we packed up and headed to Artesia, NM. This was the 1st of several nights we ended up in a hotel instead of our planned camping, but it help keep the wife happy. We stayed at The Hotel Artesia. Very nice place and reasonable rates.

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I did an out west trip from Michigan last year just about this time. 28 days and 6600 miles so much fun!!

Looking forward to seeing your pics! Have fun!! 👍👍
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Day 2
403 miles

Our ride from Artesia to Alamagordo took us through the beautiful Lincoln NF.









A stop at White Sands National Monument



Some exploring






My girls



legal graffiti



And we had a nice picnic lunch.

After leaving WSNM we drove to the Santa Fe NF near Pecos looking for a camp ground I stayed in with my family the only other time I have been in New Mexico, in the early 80's.



We found this campground instead. It is very nice, clean, and quiet. And we did not see or hear any ghosts.



Camp for the girls for the night.



I decided to hang out by this little creek. What a great nights sleep. And the stars were amazing.

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Day 3
335 miles

After a great night sleep in the hammock, and a pancake breakfast in Holy Ghost Campground, we were off


As soon as we got in the jeep to leave, these 3 mule deer came into the campground.



We stopped in old town Santa Fe for the wife, so she could do some shopping.






We also visited The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. I believe it was built in the mid to late 1800's. Then we had lunch at The Plaza Café before hitting the road.




Hello Colorado. Just passing through this time. After reaching Cortez, CO, we were still looking at 45 min to an hour to get to camping spot. After just over 1800 miles driving in the past 4 days, I called for a hotel stay in Cortez. Tomorrow we hit Moab!!!!


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Day 4
259 miles

This was a great day. Our fewest miles driving and lots to see. State # 7 today, Utah!



UTAH!!!



Getting close to Moab!



Wilson Arch



From inside Wilson Arch



Headed to Canyonlands Visitor Center to get our permit for the White Rim Trail .






The view from across the road from the visitor center

With our permit for the next day all squared away we drove to Upheaval Dome for a picnic lunch and a hike.



Picnic area at Upheaval Dome



On the hike




Upheval Dome. What an amazing looking place.

Day 4 to be continued...
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Day 4 continues



Next we made a stop at Mesa Arch



This guy waited a long time for "the shot"



Mesa Arch framing the La Sal's



Washer Woman Arch



Me and my lovely wife.






Then a stop at the Shafer trail overlook



We will be driving down there tomorrow.




After leaving Canyonlands we went the back way to Arches NP, Willow Springs Trail. And saw Dinosaur tracks.



Back door

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Day 4 concludes

Arches NP is magical, and other worldly.






Balanced Rock












Going to check out Double Arch.






Me and my daughter in Double Arch.







After Arches we got a room at The Red Stone Inn in Moab. Dinner at Eddie McStiffs. Final details made for the next 3 days on the White Rim Trail.

Day 5 to follow...
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Originally Posted by QPJEEP420 View Post
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This guy waited a long time for "the shot"...
It pays to be an early riser for Mesa Arch ...




Enjoying your posts; thanks for sharing!
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