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When we left White Sands, we had hit the 30-day mark of this journey. Consequently, we needed to check in with our rental agency in order to continue/renew the contract for our home-on-wheels (minivan), which was now inundated with crumbs, drool, various gadgets/cords/plugs, pencils, crayons, tissues, candy wrappers, and.... surprise.... white sand. In a fit of genius, April decided to take it to a car wash just before we left Alamogordo (fat tree), ...
... really interesting. We were lucky once again with numbers of people, considering it was the weekend I thought there would be more families, but maybe there was something else on? As the History and Science was right next door to the other museum we were keen to see (same parking lot) we went back to the RV for morning tea, then off to IExplora! for some interactive fun. This is advertised as a childrens museum but all the adults that we saw, with or iwthout chidlren ...
... de Neri Church, which was built in 1793. During our New Mexico life we used to bring visitors down and eat at La Placitas. The buildings were the original construction with white-washed adobe and the shops were full of souvenirs, candy shops and a few jewelry/pottery shops.
In the 30+ years since I last visited the buildings have been repaired or rebuilt with new stucco in earthen tones and more high-end shops. We enjoyed wandering ...
... off a quick photo and we split.
We took a few other neon pics we missed the other night. I like having the pics as neon is sort of a dying art form. Most businesses nowadays go to animatronic boards, and while they look good, it's just not the same. I wanted pics to preserve this......if only for me.
Our last stop was for a hot dog at a landmark called "Dog House", with a killer neon sign. I had a footlong chilidog with a rootbeer. I want ...
... a ledge only a few feet wide that was cut out from the sandstone cliff, with a fairly steep drop off to the valley floor below. Looking out from the ledge, we saw dozens of large, smooth sandstone formations, and even a few small arches. The ledge led around a tall cliff wall, and then reached an opening. As we turned this last bend, we gasped, because there before us sat Delicate Arch! We had made it! And it was so worth it.