White Sands forms the south end of the Tularosa Basin, or Tulie Basin, as some call it. Truly out in the Tulies, trust me. Wide open spaces, and also some interesting local places. High mountains surrounds the 200 mile long basin.
We arose with sun and headed out for some early morning birding. Light was good.
Last Early morning birding at Holloman Lake
I managed to get some passable photographs of some of the shore birds feeding and flying. The swallows were particularly difficult with their dodging around so fast. I had to handhold and try to catch them in good light. Did ok. Avocet was easier as it is larger. Click on any picture to make it larger.
After some early morning birding, we pack up, head north, fill up Toad at the local Alamogordo Walmart, dump trash and recycling and fill up water jugs. All in one stop. A little bit north, we find a Pistachio Farm
|Pistachio Orchard 20,000 trees here|
|Pistachio nuts soon to be harvested|
|Old International truck in good condition|
|Heading north through Tularosa Basin|
|Mainline North-South Union Pacific Train. We saw several today|
|Lunch at Three Rivers Petroglyph area (BLM)|
|One of many, many Petroglyphs in area|
|Cool design. this artist was a bit more sophisticated than many we saw|
We pull into the BLM camping area and find an incredible space. There are some with electrical but we don't need it. So we pick a dry camping spot on mesa overlooking the lava beds. 360 degree views.
|Our Campsite at Valley of Fires overlooking Lava Beds|
|Looking South from Valley of Fires campsite with Sierra Blanco in background|
|Sunset reflections over Tularosa Basin|
|Crack in Lava Bed|
|Another Lava Bed|