A Travellerspoint blog

January 2015

Cloudcroft, New Mexico

29-30 January 2015

snow

Fresh snow

Fresh snow


I'm going with the philosophy that one night out of town is better than none so Cloudcroft beaconed. Approximately two hours in to the mountains lies this tiny town that seems to be there mostly for summer hiking. It was beatiful in the winter though and we got to experience some of the fresh white stuff. Being that it is a small town most everything was closing down at 1700 so we just did dinner at one of the few restaurants in town. I got this chili cheese burger fitting with the New Mexicans love of this ingredient.
chili cheeseburger

chili cheeseburger


Husband Day Care

Husband Day Care


Since nothing much was open we just made ourselves at home at the Crofting Inn until the morning. Breakfast left something to be desired so we made a stop at the local bakery for a pastry. The town has some cute shops and w did a little shopping until it was time to head back home.
Crofting Inn

Crofting Inn


shopping in Cloudcroft

shopping in Cloudcroft

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White Sands National Monument

16 January 2015

sunny 55 °F

white sands

white sands


White Sands National Monument is the world's largest field of gypsum sand dunes ringed by the San Andres and Sacramento mountains. These dunes cover 275 square miles in the Chihuahuan desert and fill the Tularosa basin. The gypsum deposits were left behind after the evaporation of the shallow tropical sea that covered Arizona, southern New Mexico and western Texas millions of years ago.
nature study area

nature study area


Curt studying nature

Curt studying nature


nature area

nature area


There is a road to drive through the monument with sand dunes on both sides of the road as well as several places to get out and walk around. Most of the hiking areas were closed when we visited but there was a nature area we were able to stretch our legs.
view from the top of the sledding hill

view from the top of the sledding hill


waiting sleds

waiting sleds


saucer sled land speed record

saucer sled land speed record


At the end of the drive there are numerous areas of packed sand where you can pull out the saucer sleds and sail down the hill. The gift shop at the entrance of the park sells the sleds and you can even sell it back when you leave. I felt like this was one of the first times I got to truly laugh in the last six months!
sledding

sledding


Curt sledding

Curt sledding


white sands landscape

white sands landscape

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