New Mexico

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.

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RVer’s Guide to the National Monuments of the Southwest

Having spontaneously moved to Arizona in 2005, I never knew how much I would fall in love with the desert. After meeting Rich, he showed me so much more that the Southwest has to offer.

I’m not talking about the National Parks. Yeah, the Grand Canyon’s pretty, Zion is amazing, Bryce is breathtaking, but there is so much more!

Off to the side on the way to many of these parks are National Monuments. Sunset crater- you drive right by the entrance heading to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. In Colorado, there’s Mesa Verde with Indian dwellings still standing built into the rocks. Hovenweep, where you can freely walk about the ancient stone homes built on cliffs. You’ve probably never heard of them. But they’re right there in Colorado just a few miles apart and beautiful.

How about the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument? No? Haven’t heard of that either? It’s just a few down the road from Page, AZ(Lake Powell). There’s so many gorgeous rock formations that will blow your mind! The colors, the swirling patterns, the solitude of it all is truly breathtaking.

Rich and I have traveled the Southwest in our Airstream to so many amazing places people don’t even know exist. Thus, we’ve decided to try Kickstarter. With over 100 National Monuments in the U.S. 44 exist right there in the 4 corners region(Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico). We want to bring those 44 to life and to the masses through photography, video, etc.

Give the video a watch, pass it along to your friends, check out the cool stuff you get for donating, and help us breathe some new life into the glorious National Monuments of the Southwest.

We’ll also be creating a guide book for RVer’s documenting each, covering where to camp (free & paid), what to see, and where your RV can and can’t go.

Click the “K” in the upper lefthand corner.
Remember, we’re not doing this for us. We’re doing this for YOU.

After traveling the country and making new friends everywhere we go, there’s nothing we love more than educating travelers and RVer’s on the destinations most overlook.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for donating or even just passing our Kickstarter along.