Smythe Family On The Road travel blog

The sign said "Honk 2 times if you enjoyed your stay!" Tom...

Coming into Roswell, we began seeing UFO signs.

The UFO museum in downtown Roswell.

Another business taking advantage of the UFO theme.

These are a couple of the aliens we saw driving through town....

This was the early part of the drive from Ruidoso to Alamogordo...

More mountains. They get higher the further we go. Enjoy the pictures!

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We had set up the RV in the campground and then headed...

Tom and Jonathan walk down the path to the playa which is...

The area is large. It's dry now but when you walk on...

Tom checks out the surface. Jonathan's just having fun in this big...

This shot puts things into perspective.

Desert flowers in bloom.

More desert flowers and what we think were Road Runner tracks.

This boardwalk took us out over the sand without disturbing things. The...

Deb walking out to the end of the boardwalk.

A close up of the sand below the boardwalk. Pretty cool.

You can see how the dune shifted but the plant kept the...

Deb and Jonathan at the end of the boardwalk looking back in...

Sledding down the dunes. Jonathan tries out the snowboard he bought after...

Now he gives the saucer a try. Having fun!

Deb climbs to the top of the dune as Jonathan slides down...

We made it. Here we go!

Hey, this is fun!

Jonathan takes a leap. I think he likes the sand better than...

We made it! That was fun. Should we do it again? Yep!

Here Jonathan goes again.

He spins!

A picture of the dunes with the mountains in the background. They...

Deb and Jonathan go check out a different dune.

The Yukon gives us a reference point for perspective.

I love this shot.

These remind me of the poem Footprints in the Sand.

Looking over the top of the dune.

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Jonathan plays in the sand.

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He slides!

Climbing up, up, up!

He makes it to the top!

Footprints in the sand.

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Tom lets Jonathan drive. Jonathan loves doing this whenever he can.

Sound effects to go with the driving.

A look of concentration.

Back at the campground, Jonathan walks around checking things out while Tom...

This windmill is on the campground property. It was a great landmark...

Tom's hooking us up to the power for the night.

Jonathan plays with the rocks while Tom hooks the Yukon up.

This is the view out our front door.

All ready to go!


Saturday, May 10, 2008.

Edgington RV Park, Alamagordo, NM

Drive to White Sands National Monument

We got up around 6:45 this morning. We started getting things ready to get on the road. Jonathan helped Tom while I worked on gettng things ready inside. I walked over to the campground office to see if there was anything that needed to be taken care of before we pulled out. Things in that sense were fine. They had marshmallow guns in the office that we had seen earlier in the week. Tom and I decided to get a set of them for Jonathan for when he played with a buddy. They're made out of PVC pipe and you use miniature marshmallows as the amunition. I was going to surprise Jonathan with them sometime but he found them in the back of the Yukon before we even got on the road. We honked the horn two times like the sign, as we headed out the gate, said to do if you had fun while you were at their campground. Jonathan plugged his ears though.

We drove up through Roswell, known for the aliens landing years ago. We went west through a town called Ruidoso then south on the scenic route to Alamagordo where our campground reservations were. There was a more direct route but it was less scenic and the campground owner said they were doing all kinds of construction on it. I think we made the right choice. The drive was very enjoyable.

We checked into the Edgington Campground in Alamagordo and got the RV settled. We headed to White Sands National Monument and stopped in at the Visitor Center. They had a video about the park to watch then we walked around and read some of the information and looked at the displays for a while. We headed out after that and just took our time exploring different parts of the park. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

We made a stop at Denny's on the way home for dinner. Jonathan and I were covered in sand so we got showers while Tom cleaned the front windows on the RV. There should be some more opportunities for nice pictures on our drive to Apache Junction tomorrow.

Tom has to dial into work for a while tonight. I hope he doesn't have to stay up too late to get things finished.



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