Day 1: TorC to Carrizozo, NM
Our destination for Day 1 was further northeast than Carrizozo, but a fuel leak made us stop in Carrizozo for the night. It turned out to be a stroke of good luck, because Carrizozo is home to a 14-mile long lava flow that resembles a petrified version of the Bog of Eternal Stench. The Valley of Fires, as it is called, is dramatic, with spires of yucca springing up out of the sharp black rock. The campground is super developed, but it was fairly empty when we were there. We prepared burritos while the sun set over the lava, sipped New Mexico wine by lamp light, and watched the stars rise.