Roadside: What Happened Next / by Kelly Garcia

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When we headed out for our week long camping adventure in West Texas, Guadalupe Peak was not a part of the plan. Heck, it wasn't even on our radar! When our friends back home heard that our original plans got derailed, the recommendations came flooding in (thank you!) and Guadalupe Peak caught our attention. Brandi's long time pal, Matt Tantillo, sent us photos and told us about the most beautiful hike he had ever been on in Texas.

Houston > Balmorhea Lake > Marfa > Guadalupe Mountains National Park > Whites City

After driving south to Marfa, heading back north for a couple of days wasn't ideal since the rest of our trip was further south, but we let go of caring about petty things back in Balmorhea. It was just a couple hours after all. We kissed Marfa and our pals goodbye, loaded up my lemon of a vehicle with gas, and headed straight for the Gaudalupe Mountains National Park.

Pro tip: While traveling out west, there are some things you do not want to find yourself without. Stop when you can to grab toilet paper, water, wine or whatever alcohol of choice, lotion, gas, etc... But we will talk more about that later. 

When we got to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park visitor center we were told that all camps were booked up for the night and the closest place to camp was 13 miles further north. Disappointed, we bought our patches (incase we didn't make it back to the visitor center after the hike) and headed further north. We checked out two places marked by only mile markers that looked like abandoned Summer Camps. There was a white truck that followed us in to the second place and parked. It stayed parked the whole time we drove around scoping the place out and no one ever got out of the truck. On edge after Balmorhea, we were not taking any chances. We took out our paper map and saw an RV park in Whites City, NM just a little further up the road. BONUS, there was also a gas station!

Folks staying in Whites City, New Mexico are usually there because they are going to the Carlsbad Caverns. The RV Park we stayed at shared the road with a hotel, gas station, a restaurant that was closed our entire stay, and this odd everything store that was a gift shop, grocery, home goods and more kind of place. There were three options for staying at the RV site. RV, tent, and shelter. The shelter was a cement room with a door, electrical outlets, and two beds. No heat/AC/Water, just the basics. There was a restroom, shower, and laundry room on site that we happily took advantage of. Since we had more days of tent camping ahead, we opted for the shelter to guarantee good sleep and fully charged cameras.

To see more from the trip, check out #buenosjourneywest on IG

 

All photos by Brandi Bueno and myself.