Sunday, 26 January 2014

Roswell NM (Day 2)

First off, I wanted to mention something here. I know that most people don't know who I am talking about but I wanted to pay homage to someone from North Vancouver who recently passed away, very suddenly. Tim Jones. He was the man in charge (for years) of the North Shore Search and Rescue on the mountains of Vancouver. He was an Advanced Life Support Paramedic, recipient of the Order of British Columbia in 2011. He was an inspiration to everyone. He was the face of SAR in Vancouver. He was the one out at night, with his huge core of volunteers looking for lost souls up on those mountains. When my Mom told me, last week, he had passed away very suddenly of a heart attack, I couldn't believe it. I didn't ever have the pleasure of knowing him but it felt like I did because, like so many of us, I have seen him engineering these rescues on TV for so many years. The SAR folks will be devastated but they will somehow have to find a way to replace him. It will be hard.

R.I.P. Tim Jones,
You will be sorely missed by not just family but by all of us.
Thanks for so many years of amazing service...
Thanks for allowing me that little bit. Now, on to our day. Doug hosed off the crusted white san from the bikes and one side of the van (well, the hose wouldn't reach....don't worry, we will get to it tomorrow!). It's funny because the sand, when you touch it when it has dried seems like you would have to pick it off but it just hosed off with no problem....maintenance!

We had a great walk on the trails system here at Bottomless Lakes State Park. There are 8 little lakes all along the bottom of the bluff. The area looks very harsh and dried up right now but it is winter. It would be neat to see the bushes in the spring when they are green. A big questions that is asked of this area is "are the lakes really bottomless". They are actually sinkholes that range from 17 feet deep to 90 feet deep (Lea Lake, where we are). They were formed when circulating water dissolved salt & gypsum deposits to form subterranean caverns. Eventually, the roofs of the caverns collapsed from their own weight. Sinkholes resulted and they soon filled up with water and formed the existing chain of lakes. What we can say is that they are super pretty, especially with the high red bluff behind them. One of the lakes emitted quite a sulfurous odour too.
Everywhere on these trails is the white gypsum. Looks a bit like snow!


These trees are Salt Cedar. They are actually an invasive tree.
Some of the parks are working hard to get rid of them because they take an area over...

See the rim of salt & gypsum?
This is the little lake that was very odoriferous.

This lake has absolutely beautiful colours, just like the Caribbean Sea!!
There were 6-8 people fishing. Apparently they catch stocked trout!

Can you ever see the salt & gypsum on this lake. It was joined by another lake
 on the right hand side and that little lake just drizzled into the big one...


Doug liked this lake because he could sing and it would echo back off the walls!





New Mexico has a really cool state flag...

Remember that tower I showed you yesterday?
Well, turns out it was an old water tower.....
The walk was pretty flat but we did about a 4 mile round trip and really enjoyed ourselves . You cannot hike up the bluff. There are no trails and they cannot have people up on the cliffs. You would have to drive around and then there is a viewpoint above Lea Lake.
Tomorrow is alien-nation day!! We will pack up the van and drive back into Roswell, which is about 19 miles away. Not too bad. We are quite interested in the Alien Museum. Decided not to do the boring laundry tomorrow. We will wait until we get down to Carlsbad on Tuesday and Wednesday to tackle that chore!
Thanks for checking in with us! 
Thought for the Day:  This one is dedicated to Tim Jones:
You're off to great places, Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way....Dr. Seuss

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