Start: Las Cruces, NM
End: Carlsbad, NM
Miles Driven: 238.8 (6861.1 total)
After inadvertently sleeping in until 10:30, we woke up to find an inch of snow outside our door. Something we would expect in New Hampshire, but not New Mexico.
Because of our late start, traveling was done with a sense of urgency in order to reach both White Sands and Carlsbad Caverns by the day's end. White Sands, the world's largest gypsum sand dune field, was extra white today with a light coating of snow and looked like a moonscape. You'll have to take our word for it as Patrick accidentally deleted all the pictures from the visit.
The road to Carlsbad includes a trip up and over the Sacramento Mountains, which was not a swift one due to the inclement weather. Unfortunately, doing 90 on the back roads of New Mexico did not make up our lost time and we arrived in Carlsbad a half hour too late to enter the caverns. We decided to make the best of it and enjoy two of Carlsbad's landmarks: The Dragon Chinese Buffet and Cal's Cactus Lanes. Pictures of magnificent sand dunes we may not have, but pictures of bowling we have plenty.