Steep Roads, White Sands, and More Dust Devils

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May 4th 2012
Published: May 5th 2012
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cactus blossomscactus blossomscactus blossoms

at Whites Sands NM
After a quick stop at Walmart, we left Artesia and drove west on Hwy 82, through dry, scrubby and dusty land. It was like this for 40 or 50 miles before finally getting hilly. We drove through James Canyon, where the valleys became greener, to Cloudcroft at 8,600+ ft. There we got our first glimpses of the white sands in the distance. West of Cloudcroft the road wound down at a 6% downgrade for 16 miles. We stopped at a scenic overlook about halfway down to admire the views and let the brakes cool.

Once down on flat land again, we drove through Alamogordo to White Sands National Monument. We saw lots of dust devils again today, but they were white due to the white sands. After driving through the dunes, it was back on the highway west through Las Cruces to Deming and Rock Hound State Park. This is a beautiful spot, nestled against the Florida Mountains. The cactus are blooming and the birds are singing. We ate our supper outside at the picnic table, while the moon rose over the mountains to our east and the sun set over the mountain far to our west. We watched the
dry, flat and dustydry, flat and dustydry, flat and dusty

west of Artesia
lights come on down in the valley and enjoyed the cool breezes. We are staying here for two nights, so tomorrow is a rest day, free of driving. Our travel days for the next few days will be shorter than these first few have been.

More later…

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starting to get hillystarting to get hilly
starting to get hilly

still dry and dusty
tunnel aheadtunnel ahead
tunnel ahead

halfway down the steep downslope
White Sands in the distanceWhite Sands in the distance
White Sands in the distance

view from the overlook
Our CaravanOur Caravan
Our Caravan

at White Sands National Monument

at White Sands NM
White Dust DevilWhite Dust Devil
White Dust Devil

White sands make white dust
Speed BumpsSpeed Bumps
Speed Bumps

near Rock Hound State Park
Florida MountainsFlorida Mountains
Florida Mountains

Near Rock Hound SP

Rock Hound SP
Ranger StationRanger Station
Ranger Station

Rock Hound SP
Cactus BloomsCactus Blooms
Cactus Blooms

Prickly pear cactus, see the bees inside?
Moon RisingMoon Rising
Moon Rising

over Florida Mountains
Sun SettingSun Setting
Sun Setting

over Cedar Mtns
Moon in the YuccasMoon in the Yuccas
Moon in the Yuccas

view from our supper table
Lights in the valleyLights in the valley
Lights in the valley

towards Deming, NM

5th May 2012

Beautiful Scenery
Thank you for sharing this trip, the scenery is beautiful.

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