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The Road Less Traveled

Monday, February 20, 2023 - New Mexico


I got an early start, excited to be on my way to Roswell. I chose a less traveled route that took me through the New Mexico countryside. There were stretches of road where I didn't see another car for miles and miles and miles. The landscape is harsh but carries a freedom in the openness I have rarely seen. Kansas has nothing on this part of New Mexico in terms of being flat - it's strikingly so.

There are times as I travel across the country where I am overwhelmed with a feeling of privilege to be able to see so much of the country that many travelers refer to as "flyover country". I felt this keenly as I took in the New Mexico landscape.

I made it to Bottomless Lakes State Park in the early afternoon and once I had my coach all set up and Charlie had emerged from her hidey-hole, under the front dash, I headed into Roswell to stock up on supplies. I stopped at a local Mexican restaurant for a nice meal before returning to the coach. My server said somehting that peaked my interest, "Don't stay here too long or you won't leave" and he also said something about how terrible the water is. Not sure what to make of that conversation, but I am looking forward to seeing a bit more of Roswell this weekend.

Lea Lake, Bottomless Lakes State Park, NM

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
- Frost, 1916.

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