My day started early this morning, to me that means 9 o'clock, when I headed into, Alamogordo to get some pictures.
I probably won't be going back into town again before I leave so I filled up with diesel at $2.90 a gallon and headed for the old part of town. The old part of town was somewhat disappointing, maybe there's more to it than what I saw but from what I did see, to me there was very little character in the buildings. It's hard to explain but some buildings speak to me and others don't, and these didn't.
Since I didn't take many pictures of the old part of town I was out of there pretty quick and headed for the White Sands National Monument which is only about 15 miles from downtown Alamogordo. And again I was kind of disappointed that it wasn't as interesting as I remembered it.
It's probably been 25 years since I was at White Sands and I didn't remember it as being a great place to be but at least a little interesting. And that's the feeling I came away with after spending an hour there this morning. The hills aren't as high or as imposing as a place like Sand Dunes National Monument in southern Colorado, but one thing it is, is white, very very white, which was one of my biggest problems while being there this morning. I didn't have any sunglasses and the white sand was blindingly white, painfully white.
The sky was bright blue without a cloud anywhere in it and being there became uncomfortable really quick, so I snapped a couple of pictures and beat feet. I think on a slightly cloudy day it would've been more fun and the pictures would've been more interesting if I could've wandered off in the dunes and got some different views but without sunglasses I couldn't squint long enough to get a 100 yards from the truck. Oh well at least with my geezer pass it was free. After that I went back to Alamogordo stopped at the Walmart and picked up a few groceries.
Even though things didn't work out as well as I'd hoped I still had a good time just running around, looking at things, enjoying the beautiful weather, and happy to be someplace that snow was not in the forecast.
I thought it was odd to see this big water tower near the ground and right near town. I think it had something to do with water for the old steam trains back in the day. Because it's right next to the train tracks and there's a railroad yard across the street.
this appears to be a CIA spy headquarters disguised as an old 1950s movie theater
the blindingly white gypsum Sands of White Sands national monument
This is some of the last part of the road that goes into the White Sands, and yes the road is sand