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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.   

G5 Brewing Company


Yesterday, after the cancellation of the minor league baseball game, we headed for G5 Brewing Company, located near Beloit, Wisconsin. Founded in 2019, the modern building is nestled between an Amazon Fulfillment Center and other large industrial complexes.  

It was actually a nice space, indoors and outdoors.  I wasn't expecting much after reading the reviews.  But as sometimes happens, I was pleasantly surprised.  

A warm, sunny day--perfect for sour beer on the patio.  Yes, I said sour beer.  It seems that beer aficionados either love or hate sours.  For me, it depends on what I'm looking for.  The main criticism that I read about sours is they don't taste like what beer is supposed to taste like.  One of the things that I like about fermented substances in general is that there are a wide range of flavors and products.   I ordered a Bramble Brawl, a dark purple beer full of berries.  To me, it tasted like fermented fruit smoothie and weighed in at exactly 5% alcohol.  

A German law from 1516 says that beer must be brewed from only four ingredients:  water, hops, barley, and then yeast.  This beer broke the law but passed my taste test.

It's all good




  1. Great photo of Jason and you with reflection behind.

  2. Agree with the naysayers on the sours. Not a fan of "flavored" beer.

    1. Sours aren't my first choice, which are stouts or porters with moderate alcohol content. Along with the trend towards sours, there has been a trend towards huge porters/stouts with alcohol exceeding 10%. Unless I wanted a hazy IPA, which are a dime a dozen beer these days, my other choice was a marshmallow porter. I like my marshmallows on S'mores, but I'm ok with naturally fruited beer. We like what we like.

    2. Agree on the porters and stouts. High % Imperial Stouts are good once in a while, however one is my limit (probably why most serve them in a 8-10 oz tulip glass), whereas a 5%-6% porter/stout are more enjoyable. A local art gallery has an Imperial Stout (13%) in 16 oz cans. Wowzer, one definately my limit there. Recently I've been fond of the Hefeweizen, so long as it is German/Austrian. Not so much the craft ones that they ad flavoring to. Some craft breweries do nice wheats.


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