As I mentioned in the comments to my last post we decided to stay in the Artesia area one more day to let the wind die down. Friday dawned to no wind and clear skies so it was a perfect day to travel. We left Artesia and headed west over the Sacramento Mountains through Cloudcroft. I have a vivid recollection of stopping in Cloudcroft when we made the trip west in the winter of 1958. We stopped the silver and blue bus at a pull out or service station there and the white sands were visible in the valley below.
Yesterday we did not stop in Cloudcroft and the area is quite a bit more built up than it was 50 years ago, but the view is the same. We dropped down through Alamagordo and stopped at White Sands National Monument for lunch. It sure was fun driving up to the gate and showing the ranger my Senior Pass. He gave us a brochure and waved us through. I think I am going to like this! I think I remember having birthday cake while we were there about 50 years ago. Was that Donnie's birthday? (I know you are Don now but you were Donnie then.)
We had lunch in the sand dunes and took a short walk, then continued west to Deming where we spent the night in an Escapee park. This morning we got started late and only drove 150 miles to Roper Lake State Park near Safford. It is a very nice location and will leave only another 150 miles to travel tomorrow. We came this way in November so it will be nice to see Globe from the other side.