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!