We are going to White Sands National Park on Thursday. This is our 6th National Park and we were told to bring a sled.
Apparently the sand is so smooth you can sled down it in a regular snow sled. We are only here for a day and then we leave tomorrow morning for Tucson AZ. It’s so much colder than I thought it would be in this part of the country at this time of year. Every night it drops down below freezing.
When the sun comes up in the morning it heats up fast and typically by noon its 50-60 degrees outside. My water hose froze about 90% the last day we were there and I had to defrost it in the sun before it could be rolled up for departure. Won’t make that mistake twice.
We left Carlsbad NM yesterday around 9:30am and drove to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. We took a short hike from the visitor center up to the campground and took a bunch a pictures.
El Captain is the leading Mountain in the range and is stunning to see in person. We watched a 12 minute video at the visitor center and learned about the mountains there, which where pushed up from a sea bed thousands of years ago. Very fascinating to understand how an 8700 foot tall mountain was once a sea bed with thousands of lifeforms.
The kids are picking up a stuffed animal at each of the national parks. So, we had to decide which stuffed animal the kids wanted and we picked up “Guadaloop” which is a ring tail squirrel.
The Guadalupe Mountains is actually just South of the New Mexico boarder in Texas. So, being in Texas we then took off for El Paso. It was a little more than 2 hours away. When we arrived we searched for a good spot to park “Faith” our 42 foot Motorhome.
Then we detached our Jeep and excursioned on! We drove to the downtown area and saw San Jacinto Plaza which was a beautiful 2 acre park with small bridges, a fountain, lots of trees and a large sun sail to keep the sun off you in one spot.
We were searching for a cool place to eat dinner and ran into a local in downtown who sent us to J&L Restaurant about 2 miles away for authentic Mexican Food. Yummy! We finished dinner and with smiling faces on all 5 of us we headed back to the RV to start our evening trip to New Mexico.
As the sun set in El Paso we drove up to the Lookout Scenic Spot where we were told you could see most of El Paso and across the Rio Grand to Mexico. It was worth the 10 minute drive. The view from the top of the mountain was breathtaking. We took it all in, snapped off a few more photos and quickly found our way back to our RV.
An hour and a half later we were checking into out campground in Alamagouda NM for the Night. What an adventure! The kids never fell asleep so fast. LoL