We did over 200 miles yesterday (Tuesday) after leaving Las Cruces. Stilla is anxious to get back to the kids and grandson 😐
We stopped by the White Sands National Monument for a couple hours, We were last here in January 2012, some of you may know that the picture of the Coach on my “non-business” business cards was taken here.
Here’s our first view of the dunes heading north on 70. You can see snow on the peak in the background., ugh…
Of course, we had to go through yet another border control checkpoint, we’ve been through a lot of these in recent months.
Sign on 70 for the White Sands National Monument.
Turn-off on 70 to the dunes.
The Visitor Center.
The Entrance Fee Station. This is a “National” park/monument, so I was able to use my disabled veteran pass. Total cost $0. 🙂
The road into the dunes starts to get covered with sand. I wonder how often they have to clean this road. We passed a road grader on the way in.
We pulled over at one of the larger turn-outs where they have a boardwalk.
Little Coach enjoyed the sand and quickly found a bone that we had to take away from him 🙁
I took a picture of the Urban Escape Vehicle at exactly the same spot as the picture I have on my business cards from 2012.
We continued on into the dunes. The road becomes completely covered by sand at this point.
Picture of the dash GPS and rear-view camera:
Even the parking areas are hard-packed sand.
Nice dune background for a couple more Urban Escape Vehicle pics… I do need to get more business cards made soon.
We continued north until we got to Roswell, NM. We used our iPhone app to find the local Elks Lodge. They’re usually the best thing going for overnight stays unless you want to boondock.
This is Elks Lodge 969. Very nice RV spots (full hook-up w/50-Amp service) that are set back a little ways from the lodge. There’s only one other RV here.
We went into the lodge, very nice! Here’s a side-view (below). I never got around to the front parking lot for a better picture of the front, besides, the sun was going down behind the lodge, it probably wouldn’t have come out very good.
We paid $15 for the night and enjoyed a couple adult beverages.
That’s all for now folks… my next post will probably be coming to you from Colorado Springs. Since the house still hasn’t sold… we might have to hunker down and save some money. Maybe we can work on the yard and curb-appeal. I hear the weeds are already growing 🙁