Updated: Apr 21
We stayed in Carlsbad (pop. 32,000) for a week and took a one day Jeep trip to both Carlsbad Caverns NP and Guadalupe Mountains NP (Texas). Other activities - we biked thru Carlsbad along the dried up irrigation canal and we came upon a famous spring with beautiful clear water that feeds Lake Carlsbad (photo below). We also biked to and around the Riverfront park that has an actual lake and reservoir. We ran thru the town twice which then allowed us to have dinner at the Yellow Brix restaurant guilt free. We played pickle ball on the new courts in the city's park on a very windy day. Playing pickle ball in the wind is good practice! On one of my walks on a somewhat busy road I found a small adorable puppy loose and near the road. I found his owner after knocking on the door of a nearby house. Darn! He really seemed to like me. I should have taken his photo.
The RV Park in Carlsbad was a "no frills" park but it did have a pond where some friendly ducks hung out.
From Carlsbad we moved our traveling home to Alpine,Texas (pop.6,000) and another dusty, no frills RV Park, its saving grace was having horses, goats and chickens right next door. From our base in Alpine we drove the Jeep 90 miles south to Big Bend National Park, a beautiful park that deserves its own blog.
The town of Alpine is home to Sul Ross University with the Big Bend Museum on campus. This museum was small but very well done. The town has a historical tour with impressive murals painted on buildings throughout the town. We had my birthday dinner in a small restaurant named Reata. The dinner was a success. I told the server it was my big five 0 and I think I got away with it.