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February 21 Day 14 Sunday Carlsbad, NM to Deming, NM

The plan changed today. The Weather Channel was forecasting snow in Southwest New Mexico for Monday night. I decided to skip Alamagordo and try and get to Tucson on Monday, hopefully past the storm. We want to spend 2-3 nights there, so even if it does snow we'll be in a nice place at Gilbert Ray County Park. The Garmin GPS with its brand new update was picking strange routes when we left the Brantley Lake. It took us into a closed park road and we had to turn around and retrace several miles to get back to US 235. We headed north to Artesia which turned out to be the nicest looking town in NM so far. The Rotary Club there did a first with an electronic sign advertising the club and local businesses; a clever fund raiser and better than a wishing well. From Artesia I had to ignore the GPS so we could take US 82 west to Alamagordo.  US 82 is a 1932 road from Brunswick GA to Alamagordo. It is a beautiful road climbing slowly 5,270 ft over 91 miles to 8,650 ft at Cloudcroft. There was lots of snow at the ski resort at Cloudcroft. Then the road drops 4,315 ft over a 16 mile stretch to Alamagordo. Why I thought this would be an interesting stop is because I got that town mixed up with Ruidoso. We continued on to White Sands National Monument and revisited this beautiful place. It was partly cloudy and the clouds' shadows turned the sand different colors (see photo). Tonight we are staying at Deming, NM

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