On Friday morning, August 10, 2012, my birthday, Barbara and Jeannine came to our home to visit and see our new living quarters here. After visiting for an hour or so, we drove to White Sands National Monument. I don't believe anyone comes to Alamogordo who doesn't visit this beautiful site. It is like no other place in the country.
|Barbara, Jeannine & Carla; The Three Misketeers|
|A body could go snow blind out here|
|Here we three are again with a different sand dune behind us|
|This raised walkway allows one to explore further into the dunes safely|
|Carla checking out some of the desert plants|
|This is actually a bacterial area that holds water and nutrients for desert plants|
|A shot of some of the native grasses that thrive in the sand|
|This small hill is actually a holder for a tree that grows underground|
|Another tree, but this one is thriving|
|As they say in Kansas City, "We've gone about as fer as we can go"|
|Where is our partner in crime hiding? (teehee, in the shade)|
|Yucca, State Flower of New Mexico and there are millions of them|
|This is the first sign we noticed as we entered the space museum!|
|High in the museum looking out over the grounds with Alamogordo in the distance|
|Barbara and Carla enjoying the info on Ham, the first space chimp|
|This cotton tail jackrabbit just happened to run across the parking lot|
|I'm asking Jeannine what happened to Barbara. It seems she was distracted by a dog in a doggie carriage.|
It was time to go to our respective abodes, take a nap and dress for dinner. We were all definitely ready for a rest of some kind. We had reservations at the lovely Stella Vita Restaurant in downtown Alamogordo and I was really looking forward to dining there. As we are pulling out of the garage, Doug hits the button on the car mirror to close the garage door. It comes about a third of the way down and quits and all lights go off in the garage. He went inside and manually closed the garage door and we went to pick up the girls. On arriving , it is obvious the hotel has no electricity either. Doug receives a call from the girl at Stella Vita's and they have no power either. We made an instant decision to drive to Tularosa to dine at Casa de Sueños and it's surely a good thing we did. By the time we ate and started to leave, the place was wall to wall people and the parking lot was jammed. It seems the power outage continued and most of Alamogordo who wanted to eat came to Casa de Sueños which is about 13 miles away.
|By this time, we are eating sopaipillas with honey drizzled on them|
|The girls surprised me with a delicious birthday cake.|
This is all I have to say for now.