We really enjoyed our stay at Valley of Fires. We arrived on a Wednesday and had the whole place pretty much to ourselves until the weekend. We chose a campsite in the main area overlooking the lava field and took a hike down into the lava field one evening just before sunset.
|Nice paved path through the lava field|
|Looking back at our campsite|
|I loved this twisty Juniper tree|
|End of our hike|
Valley of Fires is in Carrizozo, a small town in the Southeast portion of New Mexico. We took a trip into town and had ice cream at a really charming old-fashioned ice cream shop. Then we walked around and took a few pictures of some of the painted burros that were scattered throughout the town.
|Larry's banana split. I wasn't fast enough to snap the picture before it was partially eaten.|
When the weekend crowds descended on Valley of Fires, we headed up to Capitan New Mexico to visit the Smokey Bear Museum. It was a pretty drive into higher elevations through the Lincoln National Forest.
Our first stop was the gift shop for smashed pennies. I'm so glad we went in there because it wasn't your typical touristy gift shop. It was the original Smokey Bear museum and had lots of old Smokey Bear memorabilia. I thought I recognized some of the toys and posters from my childhood. They had a really nice collection.
|Smokey's baby bottle|
|Old pictures of Smokey when he was a cub|
|Picture of Smokey when he was a cub|
|Just some of the many pictures of old ad campaigns in the museum|
I hope you enjoyed today's pictures. Thanks for visiting!