May 30, 2012

Local Fun in Southern New Mexico

We have spent just two weekends here in our new home. But both were filled with some local fun. The first weekend, we spent a few hours sledding on sand dunes in the White Sands Monument National Park. It was pretty fun! I don’t think that my kids have ever really been sledding (I know, sad) so this was their first experience sledding. I am looking very forward to hitting up Mt. Charleston this winter, which will be a very quick drive from our new home. There, we will be able to introduce the kids to real sledding. However, our sand-sledding experience was still pretty fun. It’s just a lot harder to lug a sled up the hill when it’s 95 degrees out and the sun is relentless. It was hot and tiring. I have no plans to do it again while we’re here – especially since the summer is only going to get hotter. And I don’t want to spend a ton of time in a place where atomic bombs were tested, because of – you know – all the cancer and stuff. But we did have some fun.

P5201145 Steven hiking up the dune.P5201148 Jack was not really a fan of any of this. But he made it to the top and played in the sand. We convinced him to sled twice. He was not impressed.

P5201150You can’t tell, but we were really going pretty fast!



This past weekend, we took a little trip up into the mountains. This is a trip we hope to make many, many times this summer. It was over 20 degrees cooler once we got up there and it was green instead of brown and wet instead of dry and pretty instead of ugly. We didn’t want to leave.

DSC_0033 Family picture at a beautiful overlook

DSC_0035 Crossing the bridge that runs over the mountain stream

DSC_0043Pretty waterfall DSC_0053Lots of crossing the creek over little logs – so fun!

 DSC_0061The kids and me trekking around the beautiful space

 DSC_0064 DSC_0079 DSC_0091 Jack sat on this log with his feet in the cool water for a really long time. It was so sweet.

 DSC_0104Still there. DSC_0121 Laying in the grass.DSC_0123 Just watering the grass

DSC_0100This is how it started for StevenDSC_0130And this is how it ended.DSC_0198 Blowing dandelionsDSC_0153  Before heading out on our hike. It was such a beautiful place to spend our day!

And now you’re all caught up!


The Old-Fashioned Housewife said...

Favorite photos: jack in the grass and little miss cowgirl gabby

Favorite quotation from a blog post, possibly ever? :
"And I don’t want to spend a ton of time in a place where atomic bombs were tested, because of – you know – all the cancer and stuff."


Glad y'all are having some fun. I never thought of sledding on sand- crazy!


Mom said...

Great times Lee that made memories that will last a lifetime. Love the pictures. Love y'all <3