New Mexico, Part I

I love many things about the American Southwest, most of all the many shades of beige in landscape and in adobe, the open, endless blue skies, and the way the occasional wildflowers and decor pop with their bright, unexpected colors against the vast blue and cream.  Growing up in Southern California, I took several trips to New Mexico and Arizona and have now been back to both as an adult and can't wait to go back again.

The next series of blog posts will be photos from my trip earlier this month to various parts of New Mexico with one blog dedicated to specific stops along the trip.  First up: Carlsbad's Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, a short stop on our way to Carlsbad Caverns, to learn more about our desert environs.  While I didn't take a camera into Carlsbad Caverns, not wanting to be burdened by it (and worrying about clunking it against the rocks), on the 2 1/2 hours spent in the cave including over an hour spent hiking downhill, I would wholly recommend a visit to Carlsbad Caverns to others planning a trip in the vicinity.  We were able to hike about 2.5 miles on a path at our own pace (unlike many cave tours that are kitschy and groupy) descending about 800 feet over a mile.