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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.   

New Mexico: The Family Casita

From February 2022

When we woke the next morning after our long drive to New Mexico, the snow was already beginning to melt.  In the daylight, the grounds of our Airbnb were much more interesting than I expected. The casitas were originally built for a llama farm, which is no longer in operation.  Our host spent time as a little girl in the family casita. 


There was a loop trail around the property.

Inside the family casita, the living room was toasty from the fire and very comfortable.

Notice the big step into the kitchen behind Julia. 


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