I am in love. Totally smitten by cacti. I pulled into a site in the Pancho Villa New Mexico State Park and was gob smacked. The cacti were blooming.
Outrageous colors. And they change … the orange looking flower turns a light yellow when fully open. Even the old cactus bodies are fascinating.
I camped in an expensive site (water and electricity), but wrote the Ranger a nice note that I wouldn’t be using electricity or water, and I haven’t been kicked out yet! A camper next to me, Mary, was pissed that I got the primo site for “free”. (She didn’t count that I paid $225 for the year pass!) The truck is parked at 2 o’clock in the picture below. The forground is a botanical walk among cacti and succulents.
This park is dedicated to the repulsion of Pancho Villa’s “raid”, “invasion” into New Mexico 1916. Pershing was sent to capture the fella, and failed. It got me chuckling when I thought about who’s land was it? Native Americans? The Mexicans? The Spanish? The United States?
Went to Palomas, Mexico for the day for huevos rancheros. Got a free margarita (at 11 am!) with the eggs and coffee. Not a real exciting town, but it was Mexico.
I will spend a few more days here, luxuriating in blooming cacti. The wind is 20-35 mph every day. That is tiresome, but endurable. Don’t know where I am headed next. Will post when I can.