We are once more on the road. John is doing a service in Cloudcroft NM in the morning. Hunter, GD, is visiting us so we brought her with us. It has been a fun trip so far. Cloudcroft is about 225 miles from ABQ and much of that is 2 lane highways. We are about 25 miles from White Sands National Monument so visited there this afternoon. On the way to Cloudcroft we stopped at a place called Fire Valley. At one time there must have been some volcanos there- as evidenced by lots of black rocks. We stopped and took pics. So here we all are. Oh yes, Cloudcroft is 8600 ft elevation and the temp this afternoon was high 70's - yet 25 miles away is White Sands (not sure of elevation) and it was 102. We did get out at WS and walked on a board walk. The sand is actually gypsum and does not have same texture as sand on beaches. The gypsum was much finer. Not allowed to take any gypsum out of park.