That's why we've come to Alamogordo and that's where we're headed today...
The White Sands Visitor Center is said to be an historic adobe building so we strolled through it, looked a few souvenirs, books and listened to a little bit of the orientation film.
Whit Sands National Monument is surrounded by the San Andres Mountains to the west, Holloman Air Force Base on the east and White Sands Missile Range to the north and south. Visits to White Sands are not allowed when missiles are being tested but those times last only a couple of hours.
To visit White Sands National Monument, we took the Dunes Drive from the visitor center about eight miles.
|Dunes Drive is covered with gypsum.|
|There were several groups picnicking on the dunes and sledding down the slopes.|
|Tracks of some little creature. |
Unlike beach sand, this is a little crispy on the surface.
|Dunes make a nice photo setting. |
That's me with Lexie and Ozzie.
|Then there's always a comic. Can you see the face on this hairy guy?|
|Seem I read somewhere what causes the sand to become stone, but I forgot what it is.....|
|Along the road we see some strange things.|
|Lava along the Valley of Fires|
|More lava in the Valley of Fires|
|My favorite of the lava flow pictures|
|Couldn't resist a photo of this lonesome bar.|
|Another stretch of lava. This one near Grants, New Mexico|
Much of our late afternoon travel was through the Navajo Nation. Late in the afternoon, we learned our tentative plan to stop in Page, Arizona on our way to Utah was thwarted. Campground full. We made another telephone call and found availability at a place called Wahweap Marina and Campground on Lake Powell. We hadn't done any research on this place, but we'll head there and see what's there to see. Come along, won't you?