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May 30, 2019 - Alkali Flat Trail

White Sands National Monument is located 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo, New Mexico in the Tularosa Basin. Gypsum is rarely found in the form of sand because it is water-soluble. Normally, rain would dissolve the gypsum and carry it to the sea. The Tularosa Basin is enclosed, meaning that it has no outlet to the sea and that rain that dissolves gypsum from the surrounding San Andres and Sacramento Mountains is trapped within the basin. The natural feature of this monument is the pure gypsum dunes, but perhaps less obvious are the sources...

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2019 RV Adventure

Mar 14, 2018 - Sledding without snow

We got up early this morning, had breakfast and hopped into the car for a trip to Alamogordo and White Sands National Monument. I drove today and we made a big circle. Leaving Roswell, we traveled on US 70 to US380 which skits the Lincoln National Forest. This road travels through Lincoln County which was once the largest county in the United States. In the late 1870s the so-called Lincoln County War broke out between ranchers and the owners of the county's largest general store. Billy the Kid, became involved on the side of the ranchers...

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Last Minute Trip

Apr 21, 2016 - White Sands, NM

Holloman AFB is home to the 49th Wing which supports national security objectives by deploying worldwide to support peacetime and wartime contingencies. This includes Predator drone training as well as training for the German Air Force. Most interesting to me were the Predator drones flying overhead. White Sands dunes are brilliant white gypsum sand covering 275 square miles and growing. The massive dunes constantly drift with the wind and when too much sand is deposited on the monument's single road the plows come out and do what plows do....

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Spring Trip 2016

Apr 29, 2015 - A Different Kind of Night

Well, G and I did an activity which we have not done in the past three years. We camped! Most of our camping equipment (tent, stove, sleeping bags) is carried in the rear of the car--you know for just in case the camping bug hits. Plus, you never know when you might be stranded! You would think with the big items being at the ready, that we would easily be at the ready. No, we had to spend several hours packing and repacking our backpacks. Poor G really does not have an adequate sized one and he ended up carrying the tent, one sleeping bag...

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New Mexico, Again

Apr 5, 2015 - Dog Canyon National Recreation Trail

Sunday, April 5 (Happy Easter): Alamogordo KOA (New Mexico) to Oliver Lee Memorial State Park Route: US-70W (aka White Sands Blvd) → US-54N Weather: 55F calm, mild morning with a high near 81F and breezy afternoon winds Trip Average Gas Mileage: 28.5mpg Highlights: - hiking the Dog Canyon National Recreation Trail as far as the Eyebrow - having all clothes totally clean - being ready for an early departure tomorrow morning Last night we were looking for a hike to do in the Lincoln National Forest today that didn't require a lot of...

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Three USA Deserts

Apr 4, 2015 - Alkali Flat and Interdune Boardwalk

Saturday, April 4 (Easter Weekend): Alamogordo KOA (New Mexico) to White Sands National Monument Route: US-70 (aka White Sands Blvd) Weather: 45F calm, chilly morning with a high near 75F and gusty afternoon winds Trip Average Gas Mileage: 28.5mpg Highlights: - seeing the total lunar eclipse this morning - hiking the Alkali Flat Loop Trail through White Sands gypsum dunes - finishing 3 huge loads of laundry - eating fresh sushi for dinner I wanted to watch the total lunar eclipse this morning starting at 4:30 but I didn't want to...

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Three USA Deserts

Apr 3, 2015 - White Sands National Monument (New Mexico)

About White Sands National Monument → 275 million years ago portions of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas were covered by a shallow tropical sea, which retreated as the Continental Plate heaved upwards. → 30 million years ago, as the Earth's crust was pulled apart, faults developed to form basins surrounded by mountains. This National Monument and much of the White Sands Missile Range sits in the Tularosa Basin, with the San Andreas Mountain Range to the west and the Sacramento Mountains to the east. → 3 million years ago the Rio Grande...

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Three USA Deserts

Apr 3, 2015 - Chiricahua (AZ) to Alamogordo (NM) via El Paso (TX)

Friday, April 3: Chiricahua National Monument to Alamogordo KOA (New Mexico) via El Paso, TX Route: Bonita Canyon Rd → AZ-186 → I-10E → US-54 Weather: 45F calm, chilly morning with a high near 85F in El Paso Trip Average Gas Mileage: 28.5mpg Highlights: - crossing the Western Continental Divide in New Mexico - arriving at the El Paso Subaru Service Center in time for our 15,000 mile service - fitting in a visit to the White Sands National Monument Visitor Center before closing time - being relieved that the Alamogordo KOA was better...

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May 10, 2014 - White Sands NM

White Sands National Monument is located 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo, New Mexico in the Tularosa Basin. Gypsum is rarely found in the form of sand because it is water-soluble. Normally, rain would dissolve the gypsum and carry it to the sea. The Tularosa Basin is enclosed, meaning that it has no outlet to the sea and that rain that dissolves gypsum from the surrounding San Andres and Sacramento Mountains is trapped within the basin. The natural feature of this monument is the pure gypsum dunes, but perhaps less obvious are the sources...

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2014 RV Adventure

Mar 22, 2014 - White Sands National Monument

Hello Everyone, Today we took a trip to see White Sands National Monument in Alamogordo, NM. We drove in with our Truck Camper and found an open area to stop, put out our slide-outs, and had lunch! We never had such a breathtaking lunch spot! Completely surrounding us were HUGE white sand dunes that look like mounds of snow – and coming from NH, we know a thing or two about snow piles! You are allowed to walk all over the sand dunes, and people even bring toboggans to sled down them – how cool is that! For the first time, I attached my...

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Apr 1, 2013 - White Sands National Monument

On our way home from Carlsbad Cavern (March 19th)we stopped to see White Sands. White Sands National Monument is located southwest of Alamogordo (New Mexico), in western Otero County. Founded in 1936, elevation is 4,235 ft & covers approx. 10 acres. It was our first trip to the monument as it was for Bev. We got out a walked about & we watched several adults & children slide down the slopes, be sure you wear your sun glasses, I found that it was a bit hard on my eyes....all that white sand.

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Sep 29, 2012 - Alamogordo, NM

The White Sands national monument is very unique because it is made of gypsum. Feels quite different than a sandy beach on your bare feet. I was told that it is usually fluffy but the rain a day earlier compacted it. I was hoping to get some images of pristine white dunes but everywhere I explored had human foot prints and many ironically had sled marks. The dunes are covered with kids sledding down them! Who would have thought you could go sledding in the desert. Cloud Croft is a small town 9000 feet in elevation above Alamogordo. The area...

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