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Going Home, Day 12 -- March 13, 2012

Fort Stockton, TX to Lordsburg, NM.

We got up and out fairly early, using the time to enjoy Balmorhea State Park. We had visited this park when I was young, but I didn't remember much of it (although they may have added a lot of infrastructure over the last 45 years). There were lots of birds, but mostly Red-winged Blackbirds and House Sparrows. We did see a Great Horned Owl, Say's Phoebe, Black Phoebe, Eastern Phoebe (a rare mix of phoebe species), and Ladder-backed Woodpecker, so it feels like I'm getting close to home. Continuing, we drove pretty hard across West Texas and most of the way across New Mexico. We stopped several times to walk and work Mom's legs, and we had a great Mexican dinner in a little place in Lordsburg.

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Nature trail at Balmorhea State Park
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Main swimming area at Balmorhea State Park
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Mom watching swimmers and ducks
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If I remember Balmorhea at all, this is my memory
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West Texas highway
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Entering New Mexico
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Southern New Mexico highway
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Another low-end motel
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Sunset over Lordsburg, New Mexico
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Mom elevating her knees above her heart

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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