I left home the evening of the full moon so the next morning heading west on I 10 I got a photo of it above a serious cloud bank.
Fortunately it never really rained that hard and I got to see a lovely rainbow.
The second night I stopped at a Cracker Barrel in LA near the TX border and was treated to a glowing sunset. I hope that is an indication of things to come.
Heading west through Texas, angling northwest to get into NM pretty much east of where I was headed meant
taking a new-to-me route. Boy oh boy, there are oil wells north of Odessa!! From horizon to horizon in every direction. There were some cotton fields, too, with some oil rigs in them. Unfortunately one of the side effects of that many oil rigs is eau de oil.
As I got more into New Mexico I finally saw
The last night before I checked into the RV park in San Antonio, NM, I stopped at Valley of Fires Nat. Recreation Area. Very good place for an overnight. The US Senior pass means 1/2 rate and they have some campsites with electric & water hookups. I opted for a dry site (no hookups) and it worked out fine. All the sites are paved and have picnic tables with shades. The area gets it name from the lava beds. These are not so much the results of a volcano but of lava coming up through cracks in the earth.Very nice paved walk around so you can get a good look at the lava. Lots of cactus, too.