Due to copious amounts of coughers and runny noses, we didn’t get an especially early start to the day; everyone was quite snotty and rather lack-luster. Spirits perked up though as we made a last stop at White Sands. It had to be said, the sand was considerably colder early in the morning than it was in the afternoon. I gave all the kids socks to put on, their tootsies were freezing – and you know for sure that it’s cold when Jake even comes over to mention it!
The landscape in this part of New Mexico is amazing; there are so many mountains, punctuated with miles and miles of flatland. It was so cool to see how much snow was at the top of the major mountains while enjoying 70 degree days in the dunes.
It was a gorgeous drive to Tucson, crossing the border – via Border Patrol once again (and again, Dave responded to the question: “All US citizens?”, with “Yes”, while we all shouted: “NO!”. Talk about arousing suspicion!), from New Mexico to Arizona: state number 31 for us. It was tough to put the camera down as the type of mountains changed as we drove along, we were trying to get pictures of everything. We also saw an extraordinary number of trains, it was amazing how many, really one after another, pulling incredible numbers of carriages, the engines must be so powerful.
We're camping just south of Tucson at Cactus Country RV: Adventure Bound Campground. There's quite a big ‘snowbird’ presence here and a surprising number of kids, a lot who live here year-round or are here looking for somewhere to live. There’s a warm, small, pool, basketball hoop (we bought new basketballs so basketball has taken on a new lease of life for the kids – and us!), activities, including a Kids Club and in an area not too far from shops and the wonderful Saguaro National Park.
States visited: 49!
visited 49 states (98%)
Create your own visited map of The United States
Miles driven so far -
LOOP 1 (Aug 2009 - Aug 2010): 29,000
LOOP 2 (May - August 2012): 10,800
Highest altitude with camper: 11,158ft (I-70, CO)