dancing with architecture: White Sands, Alamogordo, Cloudcroft, and Orogrande
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Had a meeting in El Paso this past Monday thru Tuesday, so I hightailed it out west early to partake of the sights and (green chile) sounds of Nuevo Mexico (and parts of The Pass) before I had to get down to bidness.
I hadn't been to White Sands since the mid-1980s. What a magical, otherworldly place! The night before I was racing the forward wake of a hell of a storm that left reflecting puddles about the sandy parking lots.
The visitor center is well-done 1930s-era Pueblo Revival.
Spent the night in Cloudcroft where I got into an argument at The Lodge with the bartender on how to pronounce viognier. Enjoyed the sunset and went for a hike the next morning.
Stopped in to check on the Skywater development, a green rainwater-harvesting new development on the edge of town.
This vignette includes photos I never posted from a trip a year ago.
Ain't much to Orogrande, but New Mexico is full of gloriously gorgeous decay.