Then it was on the road to Artesia, where we had a buffet at a fancy restaurant & admired the bronzes along the street. After Artesia, we headed up US-82 toward Cloudcroft & eventually Alamogordo. Cloudcroft is almost 9000 ft altitude, so it's a popular summer getaway for folks from lower, hotter areas. It's also a tourist trap. We didn't stop.
Our next destination was White Sands, after a stop at the Holloman AFB Exchange for some SPF 50 sunscreen. With clouds building back over the mountains we had just come thru, we tried to get some good shots. Bill operates on the premise that "pixels are cheap" while Sandra is a bit more selective. These are among her shots.
From White Sands, we hurries to Las Cruces, where we checked in to our HIE, then went to meet Sandra's Uncle Murray to go to dinner at a small local place, Nopalito. Good! Got to bed around 10 PM.
About 300 miles on the day, and the Subaru turned 10,000 miles just outside of Las Cruces.