On the day we visited
Cloudcroft, we took the backroad back home.
The air was clear and cool,
and the pine trees added a wonderful scent.
We found a lovely spot for a
picnic, too!So nice to sit on a log
that served as a rustic table!Miki
enjoyed not only the drive, but the picnic as well.After all, I packed a lunch for her, too!
View of White Sands
As we came down from higher up
the mountain, we saw this wonderful view of White Sands in the distance.I couldn’t help but think of how great it was
for the homes we passed – this is their view from the window!
One day, we decided to take a
drive up to the mountain town of Cloudcroft.It’s quite the charming town and worth some artistic renderings….
The downtown is really picture
perfect, and so I took an image of it and converted it to a crayon
drawing.People walked their dogs along
the street – they, too, part of the population, after all!
Along the Boardwalk
It’s a great little town to
just walk around, and they even have a boardwalk, complete with wood “sidewalks”!
Here’s a more realistic view
of the storefronts.I thought they were
colorful enough to not need to be converted to a crayon drawing!
And, finally, we stopped at a
wine tasting shop.They had wines from
several wineries in New Mexico, including some from this winery, based in a
town not far away.They even have red
and green chili wine – rather spicy for me!
As the sun
began to set, Jeff & I went back to White Sands.The dunes are very different at evening
compared to early morning.Come for a
walk at sunset with us…..
One of the interesting things about visiting
White Sands at sunset is the light and how it creates different colors on the
dunes.Initially, when we got there, the
sun cast a very warm glow on the sand.
watching the sunset on a trail thru the dunes.Trails on the dunes don’t look
like other trails, and it can be very easy to get lost.The telltale sign that we were on a trail
into the back country of the dunes is the red pole off to the left in this
image.Also, check out the footprints in
the sand.Still, with the winds blowing
at times, you can’t always count on footprints being there when you need them!
in another direction, I noticed a few other footprints in the sand.Did they belong to Jeff & me?I don’t think so, but after a while, one can’t
It was tough
to look in the direction of the sun, but it was a very beautiful sight to see
the sun’s rays casting their light on the dunes.
As the sun
set, the scene took on an almost magical tone.I’m not certain if there are fairies in the dunes, like there can be in
the forest (per myths!), but I could just about imagine them dancing on the
interesting feature of sunset is that the wind picks up just before
sunset.Take a look at the band of
blowing sand in this image.The sky has
taken on a lovely glow from the sunset, which was off to the left of this
As we made
our way back to the Jeep, the sky opposite from the setting sun took on several
colors, as the mountains on the other side of White Sands positively glowed!
Just a short distance from where we camped, there was a sort of
ghost town, or at least the remnants of one.Here are a couple of images from this place time forgot – a vintage touch to the images
seemed to fit with the feel of this place.
Old Windmill and
In a way, the lettering on the old water tank seemed to be an
old-fashioned billboard advertisement.
Cowboy Coffee Café
Yes, the storefront is rather cool, but that boot just hanging
off the roof added all the character in the world!
The last time we
were at White Sands, Miki was a number of years younger than she is now.However, being on what I think she thought of
as a very large beach brought out the puppy in her!
Racing up the Dunes
I guess she forgot
that her hips are a bit stiffer now – she raced up those dunes so quick I
barely had time to capture this shot!
On the Dunes
Once she was up on
top, she just had to trot around checking out her new territory!
She did take time
out to wait for Jeff to catch up, tho…
She really had the
dunes in this area all to herself (and us!).It’s great that this National Monument allows dogs, altho technically
she was supposed to be on a leash.(We
won’t tell if you won’t!)
Heading Down the
Ok, exploring is
done – now, she’s racing Jeff back to the Jeep!Oh, and what looks like packed snow is actually packed sand that has
been plowed so that cars can drive and park in this area of the dunes.