We decided to drive from Carlsbad to our next national park through White Sands National Monument. The white sands are not quartz like most traditional sands (hmm -are there "traditional" sands). The white sand is gypsum. Apparently in the summer the sand is still comfortable on the feet unlike traditional quartz sand which will toast your tootsies. I (Bob) remember coming through here as a kid while on a family vacation to see my Dads father who lived in Tucson. We were delayed for several hours in White Sands because of a missile test. Apparently that still happens as the White Sands Missile Range is still active, the largest military installation in the United States.
|As we drove to White Sands we came across this |
in the middle of nowhere. I wish I knew the story behind this.
|Even horses will find shade wherever they can.|
|White sand as far as you could see|
|Sand Plowing - looks like snow|
|Guess who's feet are whose....|