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Monday, June 29, 2020

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Today's topic is the last place you traveled to and why.
Here's a spider at White Sands, NM.

We try to take a family trip every year. Three years ago it was a Christmas trip with my son to Tucson to visit his son (our grandson.) Two years ago was a trip to Oklahoma to visit my brother and family, then to Kansas to visit my wife's brother and family. 
Last year's trip was to Ruidoso, NM, White Sands National Park and the Very Large Array or VLA.
Wife and kids have lived in NM all their lives, and I've lived here most of my life and they had never been to Ruidoso. I went through it once while in college on the trip back from Silver City where we had a track meet. 
On the trip down we went through Carrizozo. Just before you get to the town there's a valley that is a frozen river of lava. It's called the Valley of Fire. It's quite a sight.



We've been to White Sands a number of times and it's a great place to visit. 




Here's a souvenir. It's raw gypsum in it's crystalline form. The rain and wind over time turn it into the white sand that comprises the dunes. 





It was our first time and I think only time to visit the VLA. Not much to speak of there. It's a large assortment of electronic dishes that acts as a space telescope with radio waves. There's a reason it's in the middle of nowhere. All three of the places are within a hundred mile radius.

We were planning on a trip to the Grand Canyon this year, but that's on hold for now.

18 comments:

Lydia said...

White Sands looks like a beautiful place to visit!

P M Prescott said...

It is, Lydia, if you're up to a long hike. At Christmas they hold a balloon rally and it's gorgeous.

Aymee said...

I love that you try and take a family trip every year! And that raw gypsum is so cool - it's one of the things mined here in Nevada. :)

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P M Prescott said...

Thanks Aymee for coming by.

Marianne Arkins said...

I do love New Mexico ... I lived in Colorado for several years and enjoyed the area. I went to the Grand Canyon once, early in the morning and only had a few hours to stay en route to a friend's... and it was completely socked in with fog!! LOL... I hope you get to go soon.

Mary Morgan said...

I recall our family trip to the Grand Canyon when I was a young teen. The beauty of the land was phenomenal! I hope you get to go next year. Oh! Loved your picture of the raw gypsum!

P M Prescott said...

So do we, Marianne. Glad you like it here.

P M Prescott said...

Thanks,Mary. It's pretty polished like this.

Judy said...

That's an area my husband really wants to visit when we retire... here's hoping!

Wendi Zwaduk and Megan Slayer said...

I want to get to White Sands because isn't that where they did test flights? I thought they did, but I could be confused. I love the idea of testing new aircraft and getting to watch, but I'm sure I probably shouldn't be watching if it's new stuff. :-)
Great photos. Love them!

P M Prescott said...

You'll enjoy it here, Judy. Lots of interesting places to visit.

P M Prescott said...

It's White Sands Missile range, Megan, and is a part of Holloman Air Force Base. I've been there and seen a sled being tested. High school JROTC trip. It's a ten mile rail line that they put an engine on and run it down into a water tanks. Not sure if they use it anymore. The National Monument is separate. If you try to get there from Las Cruces sometimes if the base is testing something the road is blocked until its over. That's when you might see something.
Trinity sight is a little further north and is open to the public twice a year. Usually the only ones who show up are anti-nuke activists picketing it.

birdiesong said...

That looks like a lovely place. The piece of gypsum looked amazing too. So smooth and shiny just from being rolled about in sand. Incredible!

Cathryn Hein said...

Wow! That looks like one of those places that is misleading with its appearance. On the surface you think there's not much to see, then it turns out to be amazing.
Australia is a bit like that in places.
Thanks for sharing, Patrick.

P M Prescott said...

Birdsong, that's not it's natural state, it's been polished. In the natural state they are crystals. Thanks for coming by.

P M Prescott said...

I would love to visit Australia. Thanks for coming by, Cathryn.

Melanie said...

Wow, White Sands looks amazing! I'm going to have to add it to my (eventual) travel list!

P M Prescott said...

Well worth the trip, Melanie.