Snowy drive in the mountains
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When I woke up in Alamogordo it was raining. I was supposed to go play in the white sands, but it just looked cold and icky out. Around 9:30 it stopped raining - and 15 minutes later it started snowing! Finally I decided to just go and see what happens. When I left my hotel room, I looked east and saw these amazing snow covered mountains. I decided I had to go drive back up to Cloudcroft and down again. And it was so worth it! It was gorgeous! Just for the record, it was prettier driving from Alamogordo to Cloudcroft (East on Hwy 82) than the other way around. The rocks were awesome and the views were beautiful with the new snow! The roads were well sanded and salted, so no slippery spots. When I got to the top in Cloudcroft, the entire town was in the clouds! I see where it gets its name!
So back down I went. It is about a 4300 ft drop in elevation as you descend from the Sacramento Mountains down into the Tularosa Basin to Alamogordo. The mountains are just gorgeous. As I got back into Alamogordo, I decided to stop for lunch. I passed an auto shop that actually had a guard dog inside the fence barking at people walking by! I don't think I've ever actually seen this in real life!
Off to White Sands next!