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Interstellar Orchard: Caprock Canyons State Park, Tex.

From the bloggers at Interstellar Orchard.

So much for that view. I’m surprised to see fog when I step out of the Casita this morning, this being a drier environment and all.

The fog comes and goes as I continue south on I25, past Trididad, Colo. Near the boarder with New Mexico, the interstate climbs into mountains. Low clouds obscure the tops and along the road are caution signs for bear and elk.

The road ascends into the cloud line and visibility becomes very limited. A square yellow sign jumps out of this mist: Welcome to New Mexico. Along with it comes an elevation sign for the pass (7800 feet), a notification that I have crossed the Continental Divide (for the fourth and final time on this trip), and a warning about steep downhill grades ahead.

Again the grade is only 6% and not a problem on it’s own, but the thick fog does make it interesting. Eventually the road climbs out of the mountains and I can see again, but the clouds still hang sullen over the buttes. From the other direction comes a van pulling a Casita and we wave at each other as we pass, traffic is light.

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