Today’s drive was an easy 2 1/2 hour drive from Deming, New Mexico to Alamogordo NM. However, I wouldn’t categorize it as uneventful. Al has chosen to allow Hildi to do the navigating. Not wanting to get into an argument and second guess the wench, I leave the atlas in the backseat and leave the navigating to her.
For those of you new to the blog and not sure who Hildi is you can click here for her story.
We leave Rockhound State Park in Deming, New Mexico, and continue on Interstate 10 toward the city of Las Cruces.
Hildi has us exit the interstate in Las Cruces and pick up Highway 70 where we encounter plenty of stop lights and road construction. Way to go Hildi! Finally we get around the city and we’re headed toward Alamogordo. Traffic is light, winds are calm, and it’s a beautiful sunny day.
I can see tuffs of white sand dunes off in the distance. Ooh, my excitement starts to build with anticipation as we get closer to a place I’ve wanted to visit for a very long time. What’s this? We need to stop?Why do these stops always make me nervous? We watch the dog get a little excited around the mini van pictured top right and the driver was told to pull over into that spot. Hmm, wonder what the little doggie smelled. I nervously watch the dog as he quickly moves down the line totally uninterested in us or the RV. Thank goodness. After all, we have Colorado license plates (some places assume since the use of marijuana is legal in the state of Colorado, anyone with Colorado plates is in possession…. not cool).
We pull up to a guard and are asked if we are U.S. citizens? We respond, “yes” and are waved on. Thank goodness hubby kept his sense of humor in check and didn’t respond with a “Si, Señor”. I sure would NOT want to find out exactly what kind of sense of humor these border patrol guys have.
After the inconvenient stop, we continue our journey and it isn’t long before Hildi has us making a right onto highway 54. So far so good, but then she has us turn left a little too soon in my opinion. There’s no brown sign noting Oliver Lee Memorial State Park and although paved, the road looks narrow – not what you would expect for regular state park traffic. I recommend we not turn and that we shouldn’t trust Hildi.
Al turns. We continue down this little residential street and when it ends Hildi has us turn right…. right onto a gravel road. Mind you, we’ve traveled on rougher roads, but this is not what Al or I expected.
We eventually make it to our destination: Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. We’re a little dustier and dirtier but no worse for the wear. We get settled into an electric/water site with the help of our Lego leveling blocks.
I slap together a quick lunch rushing Al. We have some exploring to do ….. I’ll do the driving and we’ll leave Hildi at home!