On the Road | S. New Mexico
Filthy, happy and long is how I like to think of our drive through Southern New Mexico. This was the first time back in the Subaru since we picked it up from the mechanic [see S.Colorado post]. Although the Jeep was amusing, being back in my element felt right for the road. And I secretly missed flipping through radio stations, something that just doesn’t happen when bluetooth is an option.
Since we extended our stay in Northern New Mexico, the drive South was a straight shot to Lincoln National Forest just East of White Sands Monument. We found a decent dispersed camp spot outside of town and called it an early night. Our game plan was to rise early and capture the sunrise over the gypsum marvel.
Sometimes when you find a good free camp spot close to town it can be a bad idea. After a night of beer drinking, roaring camp fires and multiple car alarms we contemplated ditching our sleeping bags and joining the party. Apparently the dispersed spot is the local High School go-to. Cody called it immediately when we pulled in, he’s from Northern Michigan and I guess he dispersed partied harder than I did in High School.
Anyway, the morning came way too quick, we packed up in the dark and headed to the park. Another lesson, double check park hours before planning a day around your visit. This is very unlike me but it lead to an adventurous breakfast on the side of the highway. Toasted muffins with peanut butter & honey, and a side of road soot to watch the sunrise.
One benefit of arriving prior to opening is that we were the first car to enter with no one trailing. White Sands is other worldly and it was ours for a moment. No need to bring shoes.