This morning we broke camp and hit the road around 9am bound for Albuquerque. Paul’s friend Chris recommended that we take the scenic route to Albuquerque and skip the flat, boring route through Roswell. It turned out to be great advice and well worth any additional driving that we ended up doing.
Our route today took us through Cloudcroft, NM which kinda reminded me of Woodland Park, CO. I realized after the fact that there’s an interesting sounding mountain bike trail in Cloudcroft that we could have checked out but it was a little too cold and windy anyway. We descended into Alamogordo and stopped at White Sands National Monument. White Sands is very cool and we took tons of pictures and did some sand hiking in our bare feet. The sand is actually gypsum crystals and the stuff was blowing everywhere during our visit. We both ended up with lots of gypsum in our ears and hair but it was definitely a highlight of the trip.
We got into Albuquerque around 6pm and had dinner at a local Mexican restaurant. They put either green or red chile on EVERYTHING, a great authentic New Mexican dinner.