Is Texas part of the Southwest? What do you think? You can put your answer in the comments below. Personally, I think it can be counted as part of the Midwest.
After traveling through Texas, we arrived in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Our campground was 18 miles away from any "major" civilization, so we had to travel a ways to get anywhere. This made for some really great views and a lot of visible stars at night. The main purpose of our stop in Carlsbad was to visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Now recall, if you will, what was closed in January. The government. And if the government's closed, then the National Parks are closed. So, sadly, we were unable to visit the caverns. One thing in Carlsbad that we did get to enjoy was the Living Desert State Park. This museum/zoo was a neat facility on a mountain overlooking Carlsbad. We saw a variety of creatures such as a bobcat and a javelina (think of a boar) who, unlike most animals in zoos we've been to, moved around, which made it very neat. Other than the Living Desert State Park, we were able to stay at our campground while in Carlsbad.
After Carlsbad, we moved to Alamogordo, New Mexico. This is near White Sands National Monument, which was also technically closed due to the government shutdown. I say "technically" because there was an area that you could enter the monument without going through the main gates. White Sands, if you haven't seen the Stories Behind the Pictures post, is a National Park full of sand dunes made from gypsum. We borrowed some orange disc sleds from our campground office to sled down the dunes. There were some dunes that were about 30 feet high!
Across from our campground was a huge pistachio farm. We took a tour of it, and learned that it had 12,000 pistachio trees! Another neat fact about the farm was that in their front parking lot was the world's largest pistachio! Granted, it wasn't edible, but it's still neat to see a 35 foot high concrete pistachio!
We visited a great state, and enjoyed our time there. So back to my question: Is Texas a part of the West?
And back to my question... Is Texas in the west?