Friday, September 20, 2013

Day 15, Friday, 9/20/13 - Alamogordo to Las Cruces & Back

We got up early early to get to White Sands for early morning (magic time) pictures.  Guess what - it's completely closed until 8:00 AM.  With almost an hour to kill, we checked out the C-store at nearby Holloman AFB.  Got back to White Sands NP to be first in line when the gates opened, but the magic light was gone.  Nevertheless, we took a bunch of pictures, some of which are contest-worthy.

Then it was on to Las Cruces to visit Sandra's Uncle Murray and his down-the-hall friend Peggy.  We picked them up and headed for Hatch, home of the famous Hatch Chiles.  We bought some seeds, and had an excellent lunch at the Pepper Pot, a down-home New Mexican cafe in Hatch.  All agreed it was a great place to eat.

We took the scenic route back to Las Cruces on NM-185, crossing the Rio Grande a couple of times - a thin stream of water is running in the riverbed, the first they've seen for months.  All the rain was captured by upstream dams.  Said goodbye about 3 and returned to Alamogordo, the trip slowed by an immigration checkpoint.

Tomorrow we head for Roswell via San Patricio (Hurd-Wyeth gallery/museum), and possibly Lincoln. All travel now points toward home.

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