Trip Start Nov 15, 2011
199Trip End Nov 14, 2012
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Blue Spruce RV Park
Today we set off west again, but only as far as Grants. As usual the scenery along the way was fantastic, and we saw loads of trains on the way; well I did, Cliff was driving! We quickly set up then headed off to see El Malpais and Bandera Volcano and the Ice Cave.
We hiked up to Bandera Volcano through the lava rocks
We then took the trail past the Trading Post to the Ice Cave. Along the trail we saw a small ice box cave which a local family used as their refrigerator before electricity. We also saw some Anasazi Indian Ruins where ancient peoples had built a wall in front of a surface tube for shelter. The temperature in the Ice Cave never gets above freezing. As rain water and snow melt seep into the cave the ice floor thickens; it is approximately 20 feet thick.
After all that activity we stopped in the Trading Post for a coffee, and met a couple from Telford, UK who are on vacation, driving Route 66.
Cliff is not keen on returning the way he came, and so we usually try to have a circular drive when we are out
We drove into Grants to get fuel, and ended up right alongside the rail tracks. Cliff made me get out and take photos of some wagons while he put fuel in the BAT, and suddenly an Amtrak train went rushing past. The guy at the fuel station told Cliff a train of some description goes through Grants about every 15 minutes. Unfortunately we are just too far away for him to see them from the campsite, he can only hear them.
The campsite is very basic, just a few sites, with a fence between us and the road at the back, but nothing between us and the road at the front! But it was cheap, and it's only for one night, and the view of Mt Taylor, and the sunset, makes all the difference.