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Friday, February 27, 2009

Arrival at Dream Catcher RV Park, Deming, NM

We left The Ranch at 9am, ready for a five and a half hour trip west. We were sure just want to expect as we had to travel over the Sacramento Mountains and would be going from an elevation of 3500' to almost 9000' at the highest in Cloudcroft, NM and back down again.

As it turned out, it was a very pleasant drive. The climb up the mountain was an easy one, very gradual. The scenery was beautiful.

As we got higher, we saw snow - and I got excited! Yes, I know it's February and snow is common in February, but you have to remember that we had left 70, almost 80, degrees just a couple hours earlier and here was snow. It was weird.

Then, we got to Cloudcroft, a small town that probably gets most of its business in the skiing season. It reminded me a lot of western Maryland. We stopped there for a bathroom break, stretch our legs and let Blackie take a walk. It was chilly - 50 degrees! We had dropped more than 20 degrees in just a couple of hours. Very strange.

On our way back down the mountain, the temperature warmed back up to a nice 72 degrees. Aaaahhhh . . .

We stopped just outside of Cloudcroft for a look across the mountains to the White Sands area. The view was beautiful.

Continuing on our way, it was an uneventful trip, which is always nice. We made one last stop at the White Sands National Monument. This park was created to preserve the gypsum dunes which is one of the natural wonders of the world. They take up 275 square miles of desert. If you didn't know better, you'd swear you were on the beaches of Pensacola, FL! There is an 8 mile scenic drive that you can take through the park, but we didn't do that since we were towing the rig. I got some good pictures from the road.

After leaving White Sands, we had a little more than an hour until our destination. We made one last stop at MickeyD's for a quick lunch. We arrived at Dream Catcher RV about 3:40pm and were all set up before 5pm.

This should be a relatively laid-back week. There are a couple of things we want to do while here, but mostly it'll be a relaxing stop. But, I'll come up with something to write about, I'm sure! :)

Until the next time . . .

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