I got up early this morning and drove to Carrizozo, which is only 4 or 5 miles away, to top up my fuel tank and take a few pictures of downtown. Normally I would say take a few pictures of the OLD part of downtown but in this case there is no NEW part of Carrizozo.
Carrizozo New Mexico, which the locals refer to as "Zozo", is basically in the middle of nowhere. I have no idea why someone built a town here, but there must've been a good reason a long time ago, but at the moment the only reason I can see for its existence is its the intersection of two highways, 54 and 380, and its proximity to the Valley of fires. Oh yeah, and it's the county seat of Lincoln County New Mexico, location of the Lincoln County wars which featured none other than Billy the Kid. Other than that there doesn't appear to be many reasons for the town to exist which probably explains its current state of disrepair.
I saw almost as many vacant buildings as I did buildings in use. One thing I found odd for a town its size is there's no grocery store. Maybe there's one on a side street somewhere and I just missed it but that doesn't seem likely. On the main Street there was a medium-size building with the word "MARKET" painted on the side but it had obviously been closed for quite some time. So I'm assuming the locals get their necessities at one of the two still functioning gas station-convenience stores.
On a completely different subject, looking through the Internet this morning I found an article that talks about a couple of things that I frequently write about in my blog. Which is, why does time appear to go by faster the older I get? And does going to new places and having new and different experiences than you normally have, help keep you feeling young?
It's an interesting article which I recommend to everyone, but the problem is, if the articles supposition is correct why is time flying by for me?