We have “New Mexican” food

Those boys who had been awake since 4:30am the morning before and went to bed late the night before were awake and bouncy in our hotel room by 6:30am on Saturday morning. We decided on a quick breakfast of Whataburger taquitos before turning north towards New Mexico. We had show Casey J how to look at the mile markers so he would know how many more miles we had to go the day before and so they were able to count down to mile marker one on I-10 before we entered New Mexico. We explained what the “big wall” next to the river was as we left El Paso and a short 45 minutes later we were in Las Cruces, NM and into Mesilla, NM. I saw the first sign in front of a restaurant that said “New Mexican” food here and then saw about 4 others as we traveled through the state.

Welcoming Doors - San Albino

The town of Mesilla is built around the San Albino Church. One of my most favorite doorways is located here. It’s just a simple door in the wall that leads to a courtyard. Right behind the door on the other side is a small altar and shrine to the original owner of the building.We arrived here early before a lot of other tourists and before some of the shops were open so we just walked around the town. Big C and I really enjoy this quaint little town for some reason. The boys left happy with their rubber band guns from the Billy the Kid store.

Doorway Cutie

Out of Las Cruces we headed back east for a bit towards Alamagordo, NM were White Sands National Park is located. Not much out that way except military bases and then you come upon the giant white sand dunes which look like clouds sitting on the ground as you approach from the highway. The process in which the earth creates the gypsum dunes is quite interesting. The gypsum sand isn’t like beach sand, it’s soft and smooth and cool. We checked out the park center and found out the sale/rent plastic snow saucers with pieces of wax for you to slide down the dunes. We bought two. Drove out and found some nice size dunes and the boys went up and down, up and down. They could’ve played out there all day long. We had a picnic lunch and let the boys play barefoot on the dunes a bit longer before heading out.

Saucer Slide

Eat my sand

From Alamagordo we turned north towards Carrizozo which is just outside the Valley of Fires State Park (not to be confused with the Valley of Fire in Nevada). This particular highway was two lane and the speed limit was only 55mph. Of course it was my turn to drive and those 6o some odd miles took forever! The geogprahy changed almost instantly and we were surrounded by large giant black rocks and formation. The Valley of Fires State Park is like some of the other parks in New Mexico where you pay by honor system and then enter the park. There were a lot of campers here but it was relatively quiet. We found the scenic overview, posed for a few pictures, and decided to begin making our way towards Albuquerque. The park had by far the cleanest bathrooms of the trip. Seriously.

Catpain Morgan???

We made a left turn heading west, passed through San Antonio, New Mexico before finding the major highway and getting back on our northward trek. We had seen some storm clouds to the north as we were driving and then we were in that storm. The winds were howling! I was glad Big C had punched his man card and was doing all the driving. It was a good storm. We got into Albuquerque around 6:30pm or so and found Grandpa and Grandma had already made it to the hotel. We all went out for dinner and then hit the hay. The beds were a bit small so we decided to try to sleep with one of the boys. I got Zach and that was NOT a good idea. He wiggled and kicked and I can honestly say I was greatful when 6am rolled around!

Serious Storm

Those boys who had been awake since 4:30am the morning before and went to bed late the night before were awake and bouncy in our hotel room by 6:30am on Saturday morning. We decided on a quick breakfast of Whataburger taquitos before turning north towards New Mexico. We had show Casey J how to look at the mile markers so he would know how many more miles we had to go the day before and so they were able to count down to mile marker one on I-10 before we entered New Mexico. We explained what the “big wall” next to the river was as we left El Paso and a short 45 minutes later we were in Las Cruces, NM and into Mesilla, NM. I saw the first sign in front of a restaurant that said “New Mexican” food here and then saw about 4 others as we traveled through the state.

Welcoming Doors - San Albino

The town of Mesilla is built around the San Albino Church. One of my most favorite doorways is located here. It’s just a simple door in the wall that leads to a courtyard. Right behind the door on the other side is a small altar and shrine to the original owner of the building.We arrived here early before a lot of other tourists and before some of the shops were open so we just walked around the town. Big C and I really enjoy this quaint little town for some reason. The boys left happy with their rubber band guns from the Billy the Kid store.

Doorway Cutie

Out of Las Cruces we headed back east for a bit towards Alamagordo, NM were White Sands National Park is located. Not much out that way except military bases and then you come upon the giant white sand dunes which look like clouds sitting on the ground as you approach from the highway. The process in which the earth creates the gypsum dunes is quite interesting. The gypsum sand isn’t like beach sand, it’s soft and smooth and cool. We checked out the park center and found out the sale/rent plastic snow saucers with pieces of wax for you to slide down the dunes. We bought two. Drove out and found some nice size dunes and the boys went up and down, up and down. They could’ve played out there all day long. We had a picnic lunch and let the boys play barefoot on the dunes a bit longer before heading out.

Saucer Slide

Eat my sand

From Alamagordo we turned north towards Carrizozo which is just outside the Valley of Fires State Park (not to be confused with the Valley of Fire in Nevada). This particular highway was two lane and the speed limit was only 55mph. Of course it was my turn to drive and those 6o some odd miles took forever! The geogprahy changed almost instantly and we were surrounded by large giant black rocks and formation. The Valley of Fires State Park is like some of the other parks in New Mexico where you pay by honor system and then enter the park. There were a lot of campers here but it was relatively quiet. We found the scenic overview, posed for a few pictures, and decided to begin making our way towards Albuquerque. The park had by far the cleanest bathrooms of the trip. Seriously.

Catpain Morgan???

We made a left turn heading west, passed through San Antonio, New Mexico before finding the major highway and getting back on our northward trek. We had seen some storm clouds to the north as we were driving and then we were in that storm. The winds were howling! I was glad Big C had punched his man card and was doing all the driving. It was a good storm. We got into Albuquerque around 6:30pm or so and found Grandpa and Grandma had already made it to the hotel. We all went out for dinner and then hit the hay. The beds were a bit small so we decided to try to sleep with one of the boys. I got Zach and that was NOT a good idea. He wiggled and kicked and I can honestly say I was greatful when 6am rolled around!

Serious Storm

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