While on spring break this year, we were traveling in New Mexico. Joe's sister and family traveled on Highway 54 through Carrizozo to meet up with us, and Ellen was kind enough to stop and take pictures where Mike had his car accident. Joe and I had driven on this road through Carrizozo before, but at that time I hadn't seen Mike's accident report to know exactly where his accident took place.
Per his commander: "He was traveling south on highway 54 approximately 4 miles north of Carrizozo, New Mexico, when he lost control of his car and skidded off the road."
Ellen and Reinhard were thoughtful enough to put together this quick roadside cross and sign for him.
I had always remembered the area to be quite desolate.
Now looking at the area, I think it's quite peaceful and beautiful, actually. I hadn't remembered the nice snow-capped mountains in the background.
There is peace in knowing where a loved one spent his final moments.