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Viewed from 9,000 feet elevation on the front lawn of The Lodge Resort in Cloudcroft, distant White Sands shimmers as an immense snow-white expanse on the Tularosa Basin’s tawny desert landscape that stretches to the western horizon. Mystery and Majesty This 275-square-mile anomaly of undulating gypsum sand dunes, established as a national monument in 1933, has drawn humans for more than 10,000 years to its otherworldly environs. Today, even in the midst of a pandemic, the recently designated national park … Read More
Our impromptu trip to Fort Bayard a few months ago was a culmination of two things: spending every weekend at home and simultaneously living through historic times. When it reached the peak of stir-crazy, my husband and I decided to take the kids out for a drive from Las Cruces to the City of Rocks State Park for an afternoon picnic. I suggested the drive to Fort Bayard, about a half-hour away, which I advertised to my young son and … Read More
Eggs have been important to humans since we started hunting and gathering. They were a main food staple for early people and they symbolize life, fertility, and rebirth in many cultures to this day. For those like me who grew up in the Southwest, spring celebrations always meant cracking cascarones (confetti eggs) on the heads of friends and family, leaving behind an explosion of color. Many other unique egg decorating traditions have originated all over the world. From Germany and … Read More