White Sands, another bad tire, & a City of Rocks
Trip Start Jun 01, 2011
60Trip End Jul 31, 2011
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From Alamogordo it is only 20 min. to the sands. It is located on the major highway between Alamogordo and Las Cruces. The visitors center building was unique in that it copied the Spanish pueblo- adobe style. It was built during the Depression by the WPA. The film was shown on a small TV in this big theater which was quite interesting. Everyone had to sit up close and squint their eyes
At this time Pooh tells me something that she had known for several days but had forgotten to tell me – one of our RV tires was going bald. At first I did not take it seriously since I had just put air in all the tires. But when I went out, the back side of this tire was bald as a baby’s butt. CRAP!!! Another tire to replace. This makes it two in a week. These repairs are becoming an epidemic. I called a few tire places in Las Cruces and Alamogordo. During my investigation I found out that this bald tire was the WRONG SIZE! My RV tire people back in Lawrenceville had put the wrong tire on. Not happy about that - $100 down the drain. I found a place back in Alamogordo that would do it for just a little north of $100. There was a place in the other town, which was on the way to our destination, but I did not feel comfortable driving 50 miles on a bald tire. So I took the 15 miles back to town. Again, I had to maneuver my RV back into one of the bays of the tire place. A few years ago I could not have done this. But I’m getting pretty good at backing the RV. These people took a little longer than the ones back in Mississippi – just over an hour
So now back on the road – though a little later than I wanted. The drive to Las Cruces was long a boring. I did want to stop at the White Sands Missile Museum, but that will have to wait until next time since we started so late. Right before the city, which is the second largest in New Mexico, we had to go up this mountain range of which my RV did not like. Had to downshift and go over slow up the mountain. Then we had to go downhill towards town of which I had to downshift again to keep from going so fast and burning out my breaks. The police must had been going through some major budget cuts since they were pulling people over left and right in this town. I have no worries since I can’t go that fast. Through town we did pass the New Mexico State football stadium – about a third of the size of an SEC stadium.
After another one and a half hours of driving through low scrublands we made it to City of Rocks State Park. At first we were wondering why put a state park in the middle of nowhere. Maybe to get away from it all? But as we crossed the top of the hill to the park we had our answer. There were all these rock monoliths sticking out of the ground – like a nature made Stonehenge except with hundreds of more rocks. We parked our RV with our large window overlooking the large flat prairie with a 1,000 foot butte. We quickly set up the RV and the three of us, including Quique went walking through the rocks. It was a unique fantasyland. We acted like we were kids – climbing around and on top of the rocks. I crawled on top of this rock to watch the sunset over the prairie. Pooh and Quique did the best in climbing. Back at the RV I cooked a little Indian dinner before our nightcap.