A Visit to White Sands National Monument

I recently visited one of my favorite places on Earth, White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo, New Mexico—for the third time.

McCool Travel: White Sands National Monument

McCool Travel: White Sands National Monument

Although it was my third visit, it was the first time for my children and the first time I tried saucers there.

McCool Travel: white sands national monument

McCool Travel: White Sands NM

McCool Travel: white sands national monument

McCool Travel: White Sands NM

Plastic saucers can be rented from the Visitor Center. Actually, you buy the saucers and get a refund when they are returned.

McCool Tip #1: Check for used saucers behind the cashier. Used saucers will save you a little money. I tried both saucers (new and used) on the dunes and found no difference.

McCool Tip #2: Spend an extra couple of dollars for wax and spend a few minutes waxing your saucer(s) after every few rides. Waxed saucers made a huge difference (in speed).

McCool Tip #3: I had better success with the saucer recommended for children and smaller adults, although I am a larger adult. Go figure!

Even though it was cloudy for our visit, we were rewarded with remarkable colors and vistas at sunset time.

McCool Travel: white sands national monument

McCool Travel: White Sands NM

McCool Travel: white sands national monument

McCool Travel: White Sands NM

McCool Travel: white sands national monument

McCool Travel: White Sands NM

McCool Travel: white sands national monument

McCool Travel: White Sands NM

My son took a break from riding the dunes to make this wonderful design.

McCool Travel: white sands national monument

McCool Travel: White Sands NM

It is easy to find a blank canvas (untouched sand) in the park. What design would you make?


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2 Responses to “A Visit to White Sands National Monument”

  1. Joanne April 9, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    Sun picture is so realistic that just looking at the picture is blinding. Must have been really unique.

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