Wednesday, June 14, 2017

road trip day four: white sands national monument

made it to white sands
We have such a great time at White Sands National Monument every year that we made it a point to drive that way again.
June 14, 2017 - White Sands NM - State #8 - 1774 miles

digging in the sand
Digging in the sand.

After four days in the car, the kids- especially Ellie- were excited to have freedom to run around.

fun in the sun
Fun in the sun.

so much running
Unlike the past two years where Ellie was apprehensive of being in the sand, this year, she was excited to run and play in it.

so much space
So much sand!

fun in the sand
Unlike beach sand, the gypsum crystals at White Sands are really cool to the touch.  The kids had so much fun playing with it!

We took the sunset stroll offered by the NPS and learned about the geology and ecology of the park while watching the sun go down.

sunset stroll
The kids had fun climbing on the dunes as we strolled through the park.

the kids
"Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing" - Dr Seuss

sweet girls
Two sweet girls.

The sun setting over the San Andres Mountains.





-the Albaeck sweethearts-

goodnight white sands
Goodnight, White Sands!

After roaming the dunes for four hours, we made our way to Caliche's Frozen Custard in Alamogordo  to have ice cream for a late dinner!  We also HAD to try their "spicy dog" which is covered in green chile relish and honey dill mustard-- very good!!

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