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Sledding at White Sands National Monument

Friday, March 16, 2007

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We pack up and drive outside of Alamogorda NM to White Sands National Monument. We stop at the Visitors Center and look at the exhibits and the movie about the gypsum deposits that make up the white sands. Then off we go to see the white sands.

I'm getting tired of the desert, but this place is different and well worth a stop. We pull off and read all the roadside exhibits, and take a small walk down to a playa to look at the crystals of gypsum.

Joe is excited about this place, but not for it's educational reasons. He wants to sled down the sand dunes of gypsum. So we drive to the end of the road and park in one of the huge parking lots with lots of other 'sledders'. There's a school group at the park today plus lots of spring break groups (families and teenagers). Many of the groups are prepared to spend the day (with umbrellas, picnic coolers, portable patio coverings, etc).

We find our hill and take off down the hill with the two sleds we bought at the visitors center. We spend several hours there, with a break for lunch in the RV. Lots of fun.

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I cannot resist posting a picture of Jere with his infamous UMBRELLA HAT :-) The first time we went out sledding he forgot his cowboy hat, so he said this would be the perfect place for his umbrella hat. Joe and I protested, citing embarassment, but to no avail:

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We drive to a KOA near the border of NM/AZ and stop for the night. We're in the boonies, so this KOA is not as nice as the others we've stayed at, but they do have beautifully Mexican tiled showers :-)

Posted by jengelman 09:45 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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Jere, I like your umbrella hat! Hey, whatever works! Joe, I am so glad you got to sled, even if it was on sand. I sent the "snow Pictures", hope they come through. Well, after a VERY long Saturday, the spaghetti dinner is a sucess, even with the snow storm. We didn't get as much as they said we would, thankfully! Have fun in Arizona! Claire, by the way I forgot to tell you in my last posting, you mentioned about the folks next to you who were from Dauphin, that is where I grew up with most of my family still remaining there, how funny- small world.
Robin

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