Tuesday, May 22, 2012

White Sands National Monument

Friday, May 18, 2012
The Ranch, Lakewood, New Mexico 59 degrees and partly sunny to 99 degrees and sunny.

Cut grass along the entrance road today as the grassy weeds were encroaching on the road. It was too hot to do the water stand pipes today we will try to get it done on Monday. No domino’s these days as one couple is in Wisconsin and Doris is recovering from knee surgery, maybe home on Monday. I went and played cards, hand and foot last night.

Saturday, May 19, 2012
The Ranch, Lakewood, New Mexico 55 degrees and partly sunny to 90 degrees and mostly sunny.
Happy anniversary to us, forty-seven years.


We went touring today to White Sands National Monument just west of Alamogordo, NM driving thru Cloudcroft, NM at 8,650 feet elevation from Lakewood a trip of one hundred forty miles in Silver Sally. From Artesia at 3,325 feet a long slow climb over eighty miles to Cloudcroft and down to 4,530 feet in Alamogordo, NM in sixteen miles.
White Sands

White Sands National Monument
"Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world's great natural wonders - the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Here at White Sands National Monument dunes have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world's largest gypsum dunefield. White Sands National Monument preserves this dunefield, along with the plants and animals that have adapted to this constantly changing environment."

On the return trip rising up to Cloudcroft there is a pull out we stopped at getting the picture of the railroad trestle. The railroad was built about 1900 to remove logs used in mining and building the west. This railroad had numerous trestles and grades of five percent to arrive at it’s summit in Cloudcroft. this trestle has been restored.

When we pulled in there were no other cars here

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