morning, Mar 29th, we left Roswell, New Mexico, intending
to stop in Las Cruces, New Mexico after visiting
the White Sands National Park. We traveled about
80 miles and decided to stop at this beautiful resort
called "Inn of the Mountain of the Gods". The picture below is taken from across the lake and really shows the size of this resort.
What is difficult to realize is that it is in the middle of really no where, yet this is a 4 or 5 star resort, with fine dining, rooms with a balcony overlooking the lake, skiing and golf. You can even go big game hunting ! The picture of the mountain below is the view we had from our room, which opened onto a balcony. The other is a view of the lobby.
had dinner in Wendles, which we enjoyed very much.
Tammy our waitress prepared a caesar salad at our
table. She did so with a flourish as you can see
in the photograph!
Tomorrow we head for the White Sands National Monument and then on to Las Cruces, unless we see something else that catches our fancy!
Mar 30th, we traveled to the White Sands National Monument. The pictures
above are of the entrance to the park and houses the museum and store were
you can purchase the usual gifts etc.
We drove into the park and the pictures that follow really do not do justice to what we experienced. These are gypsum sand dunes covering 275 square miles of area. At the edge of the sand dunes, there are plants and small animals that actually survive in this desolate climate.
As you go further and further into the sand dunes there are less plants and animals. There are picnic areas, the kids can slide down the dunes as if they were snow drifts. During wind storms the dunes move and graders have to clear the road the same way we clear snow drifts!
sand dune above is over 60 feet high and is advancing
on the parking lot were our car was parked. The pictures
below show a completely desolate area with no vegetation
what so ever. Boy scout troupe is sliding down the
visiting the White sands national monument, we headed
over to the White Sands Missile Test Range. We were
only allowed to see the museum and these missiles,
most of which date from the 1940's to the 1970's.
Tonight we are in Arizona in a small town called Benson, about 40 miles outside Tucson. Tomorrow we are going to Sabino Canyon.
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