Great Plains Loop

Day 9: Lubbock, Texas to Ruidoso, New Mexico

We took an afternoon break at this spectacular lake in eastern New Mexico.
My friend Christiane asked if these lakes are natural. I said they were "supernatural" — clear, very deep lakes that resulted from the collapse of cavern rooves in porous limestone. The water is slightly saline, and I floated like a cork.
Fantastic place! We will certainly return here again and again!
We decided to check out Ruidoso on our way home, and made our way to a campsite atop Monjeau Peak. Along the way we spotted this elk. I didn't realize they roamed this far south!
Here's the old stone lookout at Monjeau Peak, elevation 9500 feet.
Monjeau Lookout was constructed in 1936 and rebuilt in 1940 from native stone.
And what a great place to watch the sun set!
Ruidoso to Tucson