Enter The Land of Enchantment
We drove into the dry Chihuahuan desert of southern New Mexico on a windy, hot day. Already we could tell the place had a unique charm. By charm I mean the stark, bleak, remotely “out there” kind of charm that would grip the heart of a mother’s love. This is a place where few may come, yet all who do remain enchanted. It’s the land of the weird, the wonderful, the spiritual and the just-way-way-out-there.
And there’s more than enough substance to support all that.
New Mexico has 22 local indian tribes (all with their own, sovereign governments no less), many historic Pueblo’s, dramatic landscapes, towering mountains, hot desert, majestic caverns, ghost towns and even UFO’s. Oh yeah, baby. You may need to do a bit of looking to find those special, hidden spots, but when you do they’ll be just spectacular. And as you might well imagine, I looove the wierd and the wonderful!
But that’s not all. This place is a DEAL! You can camp in New Mexico State Parks for all of $225 for a YEAR (yes, actual camping all year), or you can explore BLM land, National Forest and dispersed camping for even less.
All this is right up our alley, and I have to say our first days here have not disappointed. We’re in a remote and simple State Park campground in Carlsbad overlooking a lake. We’ve been splashing in the water, exploring the nearby Living Desert, walking the gorgeous trails and enjoying stunning sunsets with very few folks around.
I’m ready to get into the lotus position, close my eyes and open up my spirit to whatever may come my way. Let the enchantment begin!