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Took a few days out of spring break and loaded my daughter up and headed for the Lincoln Ntl Forrest and the New Mexico BDR.



WE got a late start on the day so made it as far as White's City close to Carlsbad Caverns and setup camp on small square of BLM land just south of White's City.



















Getting back on the road after packing up night 1's camp.





Didn't really stop here just drove though on the public road on the way to Del City, Tx.





















13 miles to Del City and the start of the BDR.





NM/TX state line. No sign just a cattle guard and a county road sign.





Few miles up the road came across this. Later ran across a Deputy Sheriff and asked if they knew about it. He said it's been there for a few months now and htey aren't in a hurry to remove it.









Another wreck that had been pulled to the side of the road.





"The Rim" in the clouds





Down in the valley next to The Rim. They had gotten a ton of rain the night before and would get more thoughout the day. Made for some interesting travel on the gravel/dirt roads. Plenty of mud but still traversable.









Lunch stop





"El Paso Gap". This started a little section of pavement. THis hillside piece wsa the only thing there.

 

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After some elevatoin gain on the pavement we enter the National Forrest and are about to make our way long the rim we were just below in the previous pictures.




This would make a really great but possibly windy camp site. 4wd would be needed to get out of there.





















20 miles south of Weed, NM broad daylight rain and some lightning.





Camp for night 2. Was a pretty spot but we had high winds all night.





Finally into the pine trees.





Nice little private house/land along this forrest route. There were scattered patches of mud everywhere with some full sections of the road with a slick layer on top.





Small stream at a forrest road intersection. WOuld make for a nice campsite if it wasn't so wet. The kiddo wanted some play time on the ice/snow.

















It's hard to see in this picture but this section of road was partially washed out. There was a ton of gravel washed out here all along the creek going downstream.








Stopped along the creekdown stream for lunch and to let the kiddo throw rocks into the creek haha.








Descending back out of the pines. White Sands is over the top of my Jeep. This would also start a very long section with a lot of mud, a red clay type mud. I didn't get many pictures because I didn't want to get out of the Jeep and just wanted to power though to drier ground.





Sunspot Observatory from below

 

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Another view of White Sands after getting though the majority of the mud.





Last campsite about 20 mins outside of Cloudcroft. A lot less wind this night and dry enough not to sink in the mud.








Freeze dried ice cream time.
















Thus starts the 9.5 hour slog back home.





How it looked most of the trip.





Artesia, NM





Back in Tejas





Last gas stop before home

 

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I bet that was a fun trip for you both. Im betting those wrecks were actually stolen vehicles that the theives dumped. You see it a lot out by cali and other areas. Insurance would've taken care of the owners so the abandoned vehicle is a low priority.
 

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The Sporttrack looked like a stolen vehicle for sure. The Chrysler looked like it had simply slid off the road and bashed the front end in.
 
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