State: New Mexico
White Sands National Monument
Where we stayed: Alamogordo KOA
So we've been in Alamogordo, NM for about 5 nights now. Truthfully I have a really hard time keeping track of the days. Is it Sunday? Thursday? When did we get here? Homeschooling M-F helps me keep track, but now that we're starting winter break (yay!), I'm sure I'll really be lost! Or maybe I should just remember to look at the new weather/date/clock we got!
With Matt's back tied up in knots, I tried to let him rest and took the kids to the place Jack's been most excited to experience - White Sands National Monument. We grabbed some sleds from Sandy, hostess with the mostess of Alamogordo KOA where we're staying and headed over to check out the sand dunes.
With every new place we visit, I'm amazed at how outstanding and unique all these national parks are. This white sand was so white and clean, gorgeous mountain ranges in both directions... just awesome. The gypsum sand was so much easier to walk on than our beach sand. You don't sink into this sand as much as you would at the beach, You can see from the photos how the sand will even hold the detailed prints of a sneaker. Like any trip to the beach, we did accidnetaly end up bringing a ton of it home in the car and in our shoes. Matt was feeling a bit better the next day, so he rallied for a mile hike and even a sled ride!
Sure beats holiday parking at the mall!
The gypsum sand retained footprint detail really well.
Everyone takes a turn sledding.
That would be Kaylie's cackle as I'm screaming, afraid I'm about to be launched into the parking lot.
Hiking White Sands style... just follow the posts peeking out from the sand and don't forget where you parked.
I'll be sharing our travel plans, some reviews, cooking ideas (because I know you are all jealous of my easy-bake oven), and ... oh who am I kidding?! I'll be lucky to get our photos posted!