We have visited
White Sands National Monument, about an hour
east of Las Cruces, every year that we have been in New Mexico.
This year, instead of going there for the
sunset, the shortened WERC schedule required us to visit during the day, so we
went for lunch. Unfortunately, the weather was deteriorating as the day
went along, with the winds increasing and a high-wind warning in place for the
area for later in the day. We got our visit in while the winds were still
tolerable, and we were heading back to Las Cruces by about 1:30 p.m. Any
later, and the winds would have made being outside unpleasant.