What a day! Started early this morning in Phoenix. Flew to El Paso, drove to Alamogordo and had just under an hour of “free time”. Chose to spend it driving most the time to spend 10 minutes in this beautiful place! 💗💗 and just boarded the plane to head back to AZ!
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It’s all in the details. 📷- 5/17/18
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I was putting my workout mat and weight set back in the Jeep this morning after the workout and saw this map again in the seatback pocket. I bought it at HEB before our road trip to the Grand Canyon because I thought it’d be cool to have as a prop for those instagram-worthy shots but it turned out to be much more useful when our phones couldn’t connect to GPS while driving through the deserts and forests. We used our GPS when we could, but I’m grateful we had an old fashioned atlas of the USA. Itching to pull that map out again and hop in the Jeep for a few days and explore with my people.
“White Sands” I chose to wait a few months to post this picture because I was getting it enlarged and printed on glass for my friend and person in the photo @katebtl and I didn’t want to ruin the surprise. This was shot near sunset in White Sands, New Mexico featuring Kate and her trusty companion Roo while we were on a road trip moving Kate from NYC to LA. .
Day 2: Silver City -> Cabinetlandia -> Mesilla -> White Sands -> Truth or Consequences
Pictures are in reverse chronological order.
Our first stop was a little odd - it was a filing cabinet in the middle of nowhere called "Cabinetlandia", as you can see from the mailbox that marks its location. If you look closely, you can see me examining the contents of the cabinet in the background. However, the strangest part of this journey was not the filing cabinet, but the fact that we had to drive a dirt road OVER the highway. If you are going to go through the trouble of building a bridge, why not pave it?? This led into our next stop of Mesilla, which is known for its mission. The church is very beautiful and the town square surrounding it is worth a stop (gazebo pictured). We walked around and stumbled onto a surprisingly good Mexican restaurant, La Posta de Mesilla (like actually Mexican food, not "let's dumb green chilis on food and call it Mexican" food). Best part, it had an adorable bathroom (bathroom selfies not pictured).
We continued on our way and finally reached the White Sands right at peak heat time (not my best planning). We went inside the visitor center to buy sleds and brighten the day of the staff. I asked the attendant if I could try out one of the shops "sand' flutes (there was a sign that said to do this) which led to confusion until I realized the sign said "spirit" flutes and I'm just illiterate. I bring up this story because this happened THE WHOLE TRIP. For some reason I kept using/saying words with the correct first letter but the complete wrong meaning. To continue - we drove out with our sled (they only had one used one) and walked around. We didn't use a trail, we just walked into the sands looking for a steep hill. The sledding had limited success, but was still a great time. By the time we got back to the car, I was over heated and slightly sunburned, and a desert storm was beginning to roll in (hence the change from bright blue skies to darkgrey).
We finished the day in Truth or Consequences - formally known as Hot Springs. We relaxed in a private hot spring tub next to the river and had a leisurely night trying out local fare.