Desert Sleding in White Sands

The pilot flew out to Alamogordo, New Mexico (KALM) to meet up with mom and I on our scrap trip. It was a good excuse for him to get a few hours of flight time in and it was wonderful to see him on my extended vacation. Usually the pilot brings my father as well, I am really excited that he came even though my dad could not make the trip fit in his schedule. The pilot is really wonderful about trying to tie flights into things that I really enjoy.

The pilot is not much for sitting around all day (which is what I usually do on the scrap trips) so it was important that we have activities scheduled for the couple of days that he visited. It is wonderful that the pilot comes, we would never enjoy the beautiful places and all they have to offer without his encouragement. It is only a 16 mile trip down the mountain from Cloudcroft to pick him up but it is important to know that those 16 miles take like 45 minutes because it is such a steep incline and the road is so windy.

On a Saturday morning the pilot, mom, Runway and my parents dog Avery loaded up in the car at 5:45am and made the trek down the mountain. We wanted to make sure that we made it to White Sands National Monument when it opened at 7am.

With the dogs we wanted to make sure that we got the park before it got hot. Avery, my parents lab, is old and does not do well in the heat. We were blessed, the house that we rented had sleds, otherwise we would have had to wait until the gift shop opened at 8 to rent them.

That early in the morning there were a few other people in the park, but it really felt like we had the place to ourselves. We picked a sand “mountain” and we climbed up and sled down until we were all too tired to go any more. Runway went up and down with EVERYONE. We thought after we got him tired that we would be able to convince him to sit on a sled and go down, but even when he was exhausted we could not get him to go down with us as a family.

We tried out both kinds of sleds, the red disk and the blue sleds that were more rectangular shaped.

It was a lot easier to get speed on the blue sleds and they were a lot easier to control. We had such an exceptional time climbing up and sledding down the hill. We even convinced my mother to go down the mountain. The pilot had to convince her, I tried and she was not budging but the pilot can sell water to a drowning person and had no issue convincing her to go down with him the first time and then a number of times after that.

The three of us had a really good time, BUT I think the dogs enjoyed it the most. The two of them ran up and down and up and down the mountain. Our little man, runway,  ran and ran and ran until he was so tired he could not go any longer, it was the first time we have EVER been able to totally wear him out. I think he ate his body weight in sand so that probably weighed him down a little.

We spent about an hour sledding and hiking around. Then we drove the 16 mile loop that the park makes before heading to the gift shop.I have a love for ALL THINGS CHRISTMAS so the pilot always tries to stop and find me an ornament to add to the tree. We have a really good time talking about our trips in December when we put the tree up and then again in Mid-January when we finally get around to taking it down. Although I am trying to give it up he treated me to a Dr. Pepper and chips to share with the dogs. The pilot love to pick up a t-shirt from the places that we go, the iSled shirt will be his reminder of all our fun.

On the trip back up the mountain, we stopped at a small  Cherry Festival in High Rolls, New Mexico. I cannot help myself when it comes to fresh fruit. I am not sure what I expected a cherry festival to be like but it was a wonderful little arts and crafts fair. The pilot bought me a new apron and matching tortilla warmer that forest animals on them.

We even made it back to the house before lunch. While it was warming up at the base of the mountain, we enjoyed the cool air at 8500 feet of elevation.

 

Comments

  1. Looks like a lot of fun!!

  2. PATRICIA M, MARTINEZ says:

    HEY MORGAN, I LUV WHAT IVE SEEN SO FAR KEEP THEM COMING IMA ENJOY LOOKING AT YOUR BLOGS,, AND RUNWAY IS JUST A GEM ,,, LUV U GUYS
    BY THE WAY YOU THREE LOOK SOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY I WISH YALL THE BEST IN YALLS FUTURE………

    LUV YA PATRICIA (WATER RAT ) <3 <3 <3

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