Boyink’s 45th / White Sands National Monument

Nearly 2 years ago, we stayed in Las Cruces, NM for two nights. Mike was interested in visiting White Sands National Monument, but I talked him out of it. (Yes, I know that was not a nice wifey thing to do.)

When we knew we’d be heading through Las Cruces again, we planned to make time for a visit to the National Monument.

Our schedule worked such that our visit to White Sands coincided with Mike’s birthday. During the 1 hour drive to the park, we made a quick stop at a bakery to pick up a birthday treat, since Mike wanted to “eat birthday cake on the top of a dune.”

We made a quick stop at the White Sands National Monument Visitor’s Center to learn a bit about the park and pick up a bumper sticker and magnet before driving into the park. We enjoyed the scenery and continued driving until we came to a sign stating that the pavement ended. To explore the rest of the park we would have to drive our 3/4 ton truck down a wash-board road. We didn’t make it very far.

Instead, we parked the truck, took off our shoes, and climbed the short white dunes that lined the road. I handed Mike a (cup)cake, and he ate birthday cake on the top of a dune.

Unfortunately, our dune exploration was cut a bit short by an approaching storm. We made it back into the truck as rain drops began to fall. By the time we pulled into the Visitor Center’s parking lot, the wind and rain were whipping around us.

Gratefully, the storm moved along quite quickly, leaving a beautiful rainbow in it’s wake.

It was a “short” but interesting visit to White Sands National Monument.

Happy Birthday, Babe!

Such pretty color

Such pretty color

Vistor Center

Vistor Center

Driving in

Driving in

Driving in

Driving in

The sands of White Sands

The sands of White Sands

We didn't expect the fall color

We didn't expect the fall color

Reminds us a bit of sand dunes back in Michigan

Reminds us a bit of sand dunes back in Michigan

Nice vista scene at White Sands

Nice vista scene at White Sands

Some local plant life

Some local plant life

Cupcake!

Cupcake!

Eating the sacrificial cupcake

Eating the sacrificial cupcake

Harrison at White Sands

Harrison at White Sands

Storybird at White Sands

Storybird at White Sands

MsBoyink at White Sands

MsBoyink at White Sands

A storm approacheth

A storm approacheth

It looks pretty nasty

It looks pretty nasty

Ruuuun kids!

Ruuuun kids!

Holy cow - that looks bad.

Holy cow - that looks bad.

Back to the batmobile!

Back to the batmobile!

It hits - hard.

It hits - hard.

Nasty winds and rain

Nasty winds and rain

A reminder of God's promise for the birthday boy

A reminder of God's promise for the birthday boy

I'm not sure we've seen a more intense rainbow

I'm not sure we've seen a more intense rainbow

2 Comments Boyink’s 45th / White Sands National Monument

  1. Picture of michellemichelleNovember 10, 2012

    Love the pictures of the storm and rainbow afterward.

  2. Picture of Brent BrowningBrent BrowningDecember 07, 2015

    Thanks for this visit to White Sands, NM. My wife has that on our list for starters when we head out as full timers next year. Will retire in Dec, 2016 and leave Vancouver Island, BC for our tour of the USA and Canada for the next few years. I like that you have taken many pictures in the rendition of white sands, nothing like pictures to give a good view of what you are writing about. Hope to catch up with all you on our travels sometime.

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