April 1, 2014 Traveling Day

Junction, Texas to Roswell, New Mexico

Two Toms displaying
Two Toms displaying

Moving day, but I still went out for an hour or so looking for my one last shot at turkeys in the park. These guys look like the same ones I saw in this area yesterday, at least today they appear to be displaying for others, not themselves.

Spring arrives as I leave Texas
Spring arrives as I leave Texas

Packed up and left the park on 377 back through Junction and hopped on I-10 west to Fort Stockton. Note the trees spring green colors and hints of green grass on the road out of S. Llano River State Park.

West Texas
West Texas
Wind power along I-10 in west Texas
Wind power along I-10 in west Texas

From Fort Stockton, I picked up Route 285 north to Pecos, through Carlsbad, and on to Roswell, New Mexico. From Fort Stockton to Pecos, this is a very good 2 lane road with minimal traffic ( being west Texas there is nothing very scenic here ), but about when you hit Pecos you encounter the oil field traffic and from there all the way to Loving, where the road goes to four lanes, the road gets pretty beaten up and the truck traffic is heavy.

Sun behind, dark skies ahead
Sun behind, dark skies ahead

In Roswell, and no, I haven’t seen any aliens yet, I headed east on 380 to get to the Bottomless Lakes State Park where I had made reservations for four nights to visit Bitter Lakes NWR and to hopefully complete my taxes and get caught up on blog posts from my internetless stay at S. Llano State Park. This shot was taken just before the exit to the park road.

Lea Lake CG at Bottomless Lakes State Park
Lea Lake CG at Bottomless Lakes State Park
My site at Lea Lake CG at Bottomless Lakes State Park
My site at Lea Lake CG at Bottomless Lakes State Park

Though it is a rough 7 mile narrow, winding ( did I say ROUGH ) road into the park once you leave route 380, the park itself is kind of nice though a little bare and a little run down. The gravel pull through site I had at the Lea Lake Campground was level and spacious with 30 amp electric and really high water pressure and had a very nice shaded picnic table. The other sites were a little tight and bare, but this one had enough small trees between it and the neighbors to provide adequate privacy. The campground is only a quarter full right now so it is quiet. All in all, not a bad place to spend a few nights this time of year, but I don’t think I would want to be here when it warms up and the place is full, it probably gets a little zooey. Verizon internet signal is strong here.

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