We pressed on to Carlsbad to visit the local museum. It has an excellent art collection, a nice batch of artifacts, and a Carlsbad diorama (complete with railroad, guano & potash mines, and even an swinging outhouse door). Then it was lunch at Kaleidoscoops (great green chile cheeseburger, plus ice cream). A long climb into Cloudcroft (temp 82) and back down to Alamogordo and White Sands (temp 99.
White Sands in the wind - kind of difficult to take pictures and protect the camera, but we tried - watch out for the UFOs (see the sky).
Going down into Las Cruces on US-70, we almost had a disaster. Cars swerved in front of us to reveal a ladder in the middle lane, no space to swerve. We braked enough to lessen the impact on our tires, didn't feel anything weird in handling, so went on the last 4-5 miles to our hotel. Looked under the car and can't find any damage; tires still fully inflated several hours later. Met Sandra's Uncle Murray and his friend Peggy or supper at Nopalito, back to out HIE & bed. Only 340 miles on the day. Tomorrow: Around Las Cruces.