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New Mexico: White Sands National Park

  From February 2022 On one of our first days in Las Cruces, we drove out to White Sands National Park.   East of the city,  I noted the turn off for Aguirre Springs Campground where I stayed in 2018 .  As we approached the national park, we rose in elevation to the point that we were in the snow again.   There are a variety of "trails" at the national park.  We took the longest one at the end of the road, Alkali Flats, which was about 5 miles.   Basically, you walk through the sand using line of sight to the next visible marker.  The semi-frozen condition of the sand actually made it easier to walk uphill.  Where the sand thawed in the sun, it was one step forward, 1/2 step slide back.   In the middle of it all, Julia had to sit down and take in all of the wonder.   We hiked some some sand dunes a few years ago at a Jockey Ridge State Park in North Carolina, but White Sands was on an entirely different scale for size and beauty.   

Father's Day

Neither of my kids were around today during waking hours, but both made their presence known.  Allie left for San Francisco early this morning, but woke me up before leaving at 4 a.m. to wish me a Father's Day.  Justin called at 5:15 a.m., hoping to beat Allie to be first.  

Justin sent this memory pic today

 
From this week's visit

I enjoyed both of their presents.  Justin gave me two four packs of Dollar Shave Club razors that he found on sale for 80% off or $1.25 each.  Good shopping, Justin. I'm glad some of my frugal habits stuck to you.

Allie gave me a souvenir that she brought back from Scotland:  a glass for Scotch with a mini-bottle of Chivas Regal.  Thanks, Allie.


 

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