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White Sands, NM…Wow!

White Sands...the clouds showed up!

White Sands…the clouds showed up!


 

There’s a great read about the trip to White Sands over at Living in Tin- a website for travelers of any type.  There’s also a nice little video that Rich put together about this trip over there as well.  Please check out Living in Tin, as it is advertisement free and brought to you by people who travel.


 

The Airstream has brought me to White Sands National Monument for my first time.

The drive in was beautiful.

The temperatures were definitely elevation dependent.  Tank top weather, then up to long sleeve, back down to tank top, up to a hoodie, then back down to warm and comfy.

Rolling through Las Cruces getting closer and closer to the White Sands Missile Range and then you see it.  A couple of little white dunes.  Then as you make your way down the road, the dunes get a bit larger and some overtake the government fencing warning you to stay out.  It looks like snow but it’s gypsum.  And just as blinding in the sun light.

The drive through White sands is a nice simple loop.  Easy on any vehicle.  Even though the pavement ends, the road continues through the dunes.  The road is massively packed down desert sand.  So packed and smooth you could roller blade on it easily.

Titan in the sand

That’s not pavement…that’s well groomed and traveled sand.

 

As we drove through the dunes, I kept expecting to come upon an ocean and that smell salty sea breeze.  Nope. It’s the middle of the desert.  The bright white, warm, and occasionally windy desert.

Unlike typical sand dunes, these are very easy to traverse.  With the consistency of damp beach sand after a rain, it’s simple to ascend any dune.

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I was completely blown away by the beauty that is White Sands.  All several hundred sq. miles of it.  The second day the clouds finally showed up, which was nice because trying to photograph bright white sand against a hyper-blue sky can create a bit of a photographic challenge.

Enjoy my little gallery of images from White Sands National Monument.  Worth the trip.

Thanks for reading.  Hope you enjoyed the photos because I enjoyed shooting them.

To RVer’s & travelers! Be Part of a First Ever…

Hi RVer’s and travelers!!

Be part of the first ever crowdfunded RVer’s Guide to the National Monuments of the Southwest.

I’m not just talking about a little book of the most popular Monuments with paved roads and happy pull-off view points, but rather every single National Monument in Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.

There are 44 of the 109 National Monuments just in the 4 corners region! Did you know that?! I bet you didn’t.  Did you know the majority of these National Monuments are owned by the National Parks Service and BLM(Bureau of Land Management)?  That means you can set up a tent, pull up your RV, and park anywhere that allows it! You know you love boondocking…I do.

So, if you own an RV or just like a good roadtrip and would like to own a digital guide book entailing how to find and enjoy all these places(including professional photos not shot with an iPhone), click this happy highlighted link and donate a couple bucks to help make it happen.

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Or click this pic.

This is in the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. Do you know how to get there? That Guide Book would help. *wink*wink*

Do you know where this is?  That Guide Book would help. *wink*wink*

  or this pic
Teddybear Cholla or Jumping Cactus with star trails.
Teddybear Cholla or Jumping Cactus with star trails.