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Deconstruction of The Donald #1

Have thought about whether to write about how the world occurs to me outside of the hiking life. Largely I don’t want to piss of any of you that are enjoying the travelogue. But… the world has gotten so fucking weird that it just has to come out…
When The Donald was elected, I went into shock and awe. Is this really the country I live in? I devoured the news to see what happened. Then, realized that they had it all wrong. It wasn’t the Democratic Party, It wasn’t Comey, it wasn’t voter suppression. It wasn’t the sabotage of Bernie. Yes, they all played a part. But there’s a bigger cycle at play here.
Trump is NOT an accident. The right has been planing this for a long time. It’s also part of the cycle the US has been through since it’s beginning. Move a bit too far socially and the corporations and their police/national guard/military come in and slap everyone down violently. Then the next phase of social building begins. Three steps forward, two steps back. Round and round.
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0310 Bottomless Lake, NM

0310 Bottomless Lake, NM

Today is UFO day. After a cold, sunrise walk and breakfast, we head to Roswell. The ranger at the Visitor’s Center said in response to may question about things to do in the area, “You’re in Roswell. You have to go to the UFO museum! Very interesting…” So, today is the day.
I find a good shady place on a side street near the museum so Sherman’s ok for the couple hours I figure I’ll be inside. But, as I walk up to the front door I see a sign that they are dog friendly! So Sherman also get’s to hang out with UFOness today.
As I’m greeted, they show me this movie list. No time today. But, they’re all on their YouTube channel.
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0309 Bottomless Lakes, NM

0309 Bottomless Lakes, NM

Yesterday morning the people in the end spot by the lake leave and we move down there. It’s like being pretty much alone at the park. All the other spots full of RVs are behind us. Nice.
Yesterday we explored the park. We find two trails and explore them a bit.
We sit in our spot by the lake and enjoy relaxing in the sun. The temp has rising into the mid-70’s.
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0307 Bottomless Lakes State Park, NM

0307 Bottomless Lakes State Park, NM

Im excited! Carlsbad Cavern day! We get up and walk. In the early morning light I see a silhouette on a hill of a large animal. I realize it’s an Elk. BIG horns. Then two more appear. I watch them walk on the hill and then out of sight.

We go off the rod along a fence. There are huge cows in the field. They’re as tall as I am! When they notice Sherman, they move away.
We eat and drive to Carlsbad Caverns. The 7 mile drive in is a beautiful winding road through the Guadalupe Mountains. As we arrive there’s a sign that says it’s not legal to leave dogs in the car, that they have a kennel available. I drive past the kennel entrance… Indecision… The temp is about 60 with a projected high of about 72. I’m not doing the kennel. If it were an 85 or 90 degree day, maybe. I’ve left Sherman in the van before with the front windows down about 2 inches and the back wing windows open. The van stays cool as long as it’s in the shade. So, I’m on a shade hunt. I loop the parking lot and find a spot by one of three trees that’s currently providing shade. So, there I park.
I set him up with food and water and head for the Visitors Center. I have an America the Beautiful Senior Pass for National Parks and Recreation Lands. So, my cavern walk is free. I get the pass for the self-guided tour and walk the quarter mile to the cavern entrance. I look at the map and see the path winds down about a mile through a number of small cavern rooms ending at the Big Room about 800 feet below the surface. The total walk is about 2.5 miles and takes most people about 3 hours.
I walk to the bat watching amphitheater and don’t see where to go to find the entrance.
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0306 White City, NM

0306 White City, NM

An early morning walk to the Observation Point rewards us with a spectacular sunrise.
After breakfast we head to Deming, where I’m going to visit the Mimbres Museum. Mimbres is a local city and one of the Mongollon tribes that lived in the area. I’ve heard they have a large collection of pottery.
The museum is an odd collection of item. Some historical, like a row of local small shops: barber, hairdresser, woman’s clothes, men’s clothes, dry goods, butcher… Then there’s the chuck wagon. And thousands of old glass bottles. And collections of geodes and precious stones — mostly not from this area. Old pianos and organs. Recent local painting of the area. And LOTS of pots!

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