On November 13, we did a day trip to White Sands National Monument only fifteen miles west of Alamogordo. The pure white gypsum sand dunes were there to climb and slide down if you liked or to just admire and photograph; we did them all. The sliding down part was not intentional on my part though and I got a boot full of sand to boot. Ha, Ha! If you want to slide, they sell saucer sleds at the gift shop and if you don't wish to keep them they buy them back. We've never heard of an arrangment like that before. Here are a few pictures to show how beautiful this unique desert area is.