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Apr 17, 2014 - Alamogordo, NM White Sands National Monument

Our venue today was the White Sands National Monument in Alamogordo, NM. The dunes are made from gypsum that is delicate in its natural state and the process of winds whipping the gypsum against each other breaks it down to very small pieces over time. The dunes are always in motion due to winds so whatever plants, insects or animals that live there have to learn to adapt. Some of the plants get overwhelmed by the gypsum “sand” and die while others thrive. Apparently there is a water table just under the dunes and the water keeps the dunes...

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2014 Southwest Trip

Apr 12, 2014 - White Sands

190 Miles for a grand total of 1780. Rode thru San Andres Mountains to White Sands National Monument. What an unusual and amazing place! Families and kids out sledding, surfing and flying kites. And with some of the views, you have to keep reminding yourself that it's not snow! And for the chemists among us, this is not beach sand. It's a hydrous calcium sulfate which is actually soluble in water. This is David's day down memory lane as a young fellow. As we rode into Alamogordo, it brought many fond memories for him. Try riding a 150...

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West on 2 Wheels X4

Apr 4, 2014 - Odds and Ends

Just to let you know that these trip are not all fun and games. We spent most of today doing the mundane things like laundry, grocery shopping, and a trip to the pharmacy. I also spent some of this afternoon working on the dreaded income tax return, as there are only have 11 days to finish. We headed over to White Sands National Monument late this afternoon to check out the visitors center and inquire about back country camping permits. My original plan was to spend a night camping in the park so I could get pictures of sunset, sunrise, and...

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Apr 3, 2014 - Wind and Dust

As soon as we got on the road this morning from Lamesa, I had to struggle with Winnie being buffeted by strong winds. You could also begin to see a red haze across the road from dust coming off the newly plowed fields. By the time we got to Loco Hills, NM the dust was so thick you could barely see across the road. Within about 10 or 15 miles the dust subsided even though the wind didn’t. I’m sure my forearms and shoulders are much better toned after the wrestling match with the wind. Yesterday we drove through the Texas oil patch. Today it...

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Dec 14, 2013 - New Mexico

We made it to Alamogordo, NM yesterday and checked into our campgrounds only to find that they had a water leak and at that present time there was no water. We booked only for one night just in case the water wasn't fixed. After a Wal-Mart visit and a walk to a nearby Mexican restaurant we returned and, even though the water had been fixed, we decided to only stay the one night. The back of our campsite had a nice view of the mountain but the view between us and the mountain wasn't all that great. Since our only reason for being in...

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Oct 1, 2013 - On the Road Again!

We finished up all of our appointments yesterday. We did not get to see all of our friends, alas! This morning we het the road by 7:30 am to beat the wind. The weather calls for winds in excess of 20 mph and gusts in the 30's range tomorrow, so we got out of Amarillo a day sooner than planned. Tonight, we pulled into Holloman AFB near Alamogordo for the night. Plan to leave tomorrow and head into Tucson, AZ to park on Davis Monthan Air Force Base(home of the "Boneyard", bunches of airplanes stored in the desert- do a Google Earth Close-up...

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Where RV Now?

Sep 24, 2013 - Alamogordo NM – Oliver Lee Memorial State Park Campground

Drove up over 9,000 feet to the National Solar Observatory on Sacramento Peak in Sunspot NM. The weather up there was perfect – not too hot, not to cool – and the sky was clear. They have a neat visitor’s center with several interactive displays. Even though I wasn’t all that good in science, I enjoyed working the displays and seeing what happened with light beams, mirrors, etc. After the visitor’s center, we toured the grounds to look at the different types of telescopes. The biggest is The Richard B. Dunn Solar Telescope. Its tower rises...

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Retired at Last!

Jun 18, 2013 - Sonic booms and Pistachios

We are hearing sonic booms, at night mainly, from the air base, sounds like fun practice time. The jets fly over our campground too as they do normal daily practice, seems like home. Today we went to the other pistachio farm as it offers tours. We were hoping it would be inside, and it was mostly. We saw the processing of nuts. They are harvested in August and September and placed in cold storage, then processed and packed for sale as demand requires. They an keep up to 2 years in cold storage. This Eagle Ranch is the original grove,...

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Jun 17, 2013 - White Sands

Today we drove south to the White Sands Missile Range and were in a heavy rainstorm, it took some of the dirt off the car. This is an Army base where missiles captured from the Germans after WWII were tested and rockets were developed. It encompasses a large area including the Trinity Site of the first nuclear explosion. That is only open once a year in April. We looked at an extensive outdoor display of rockets from the 1950's to current and it was a comfortable tour outside at that time because of the rainstorm that had just passed. This...

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Jun 16, 2013 - Holloman AFB Alamagordo

Yesterday we took a VERY scenic drive from Carlsbad, past oil wells and processing into Artesia and Roswell. We didn't go directly past the airport but could see some of the planes on the ramp there, not sure what that's all about but there are MANY planes on the ramps at this airport. As we came into town we saw a flying saucer and space aliens on the side of the road. After Roswell we took Hwy 70 up through Ruidoso, up the 7500' into fantastic mountain driving. The first portion was desert, then at the same altitude we were in the Lincoln...

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Jun 16, 2013 - Alamogordo, NM

Sun., June 16th – Just a short distance down Hwy 70 we spent today at Alamogordo, NM. We love to catch local events, so we drove up the mountain to High Rolls where they were having a cherry festival. Along the way, we stopped at a Pistachio farm. Now you can pick up your pricey pistachios at Sam’s Club or you can buy them right here where they’re grown and pay more!?? Oh well, Sam’s doesn’t have the lemon-lime flavored ones I bought. They had every possible flavor! The cherry festival was on a farm in the Lincoln National Forest. We had...

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Apr 3, 2013 - On The Road (Alamogordo, NM)

We sure enjoyed our time in Deming, NM yesterday. In spite of the strong wind and blowing dust, it was seeing relatives (Cathy & Darrell) and then friends (John & Bridget) we had not met yet, which made the day really special. This morning, we once again took our time getting ready to leave. I dumped the holding tanks because I wanted no extra weight to pull across that mountain just east of Las Cruces, NM on Hwy 70. It was 9:00 AM before we pulled away from the RV Park. It was an easy drive except for the city traffic with construction...

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