Whitesands N.M.


   After getting the internet post to upload (no easy feat in 100 degree temps with wifi) we went off to explore. Turns out white sands is surrounded by a missile testing area so it’s closed 2 times a week for a few hours. We didn’t get locked out, it would have been cool to see and hear missiles but no such luck. We did get to see the stealth fighters take off and fly over us from the nearby Air force base. They are so cool looking, all black and triangular. We brought the dogs along this time, and they were ready to get sandy. The sand is really not sand, its gypsum, it doesn’t heat up even in 100 degrees. We took off our shoes and ran up the dunes.
Erin rolled down with dogs running after her. They had so much fun digging, running loose and eating sand ( the dogs not
Erin). The place even has wildlife that has evolved from their original colors to being white to survive. We saw white lizards running in the sand.
New Mexico is called the land of enchantment on the license plates. During our earlier cave hike a local man called his state the land of entrapment. We laughed…. he is so right, seems like we drive and it all looks the same. Maybe were really just going in circles. On our drive we came across an area called the valley of fire. It’s a vast area of molten rock an ancient lava flow with rippled waves of rock, very impressive and black, sort of like what you see in
Hawaii minus the red hot lava part. We couldn’t help ourselves and we picked up a molten souvenir.


We're now on our way to see the Petroglyphs and then the Petrified Forest.




  1. Pattie said,

    June 16, 2006 at 12:45 am

    You need to find a place where you can dig for treasures like opals or gold. Like one of those mines where you pay $50.00 and whatever you find you get to keep. I saw a show on it the other day and one lady found $50,000 worth of Opals in one day in Nevada at an Opal mine. It sounded fun, but it looked like alot of hard work and I can’t imagine using a pick to chip away at rock in 100+ degrees. But panning for gold might be fun. Hope you find more great things to do along the way. The gypsum dunes sounded fun. Did you video tape anything? We want to see one of your DVD’s when you get back.

  2. mom/joan reid said,

    June 16, 2006 at 1:37 pm

    Well, you’ve got one on me. My dad missed the White Sands vistas. Wonderful image of three travelers, the white sand and the true blue sky.
    Justin it was a good job showing the fun side of your day and how you are keeping the parents on the right track. Can’t wait the next venture. I was in the petrified forest but I was so young I can’t remember a thing except that it was desolate and rather forebidding. Keep on rolling, Love Mom Reid.

  3. Bri said,

    June 26, 2006 at 11:06 pm

    Cool! The petrified forest. Ive heard of that place, there better be pictures of all these things when we come to visit.

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