Over the weekend I moved from Dallas to Alamogordo, New Mexico. Alamogordo is the home of the first nuclear missile test sites, the International Space Hall of Fame (thanks to Alomogordo's prominence in space race training), White Sands National Monument (and missile range), and the E.T. video game burial.
Getting here was tricky- turns out the altitude and temperature crossing the 1,000 very boring miles of desert tends to make trucks rev up their engine fans in ways other parts of the country don't, but it had me very concerned, and stopping to keep checking what that terrible noise is and whatnot.
I crossed through the oil fields- it's been a long time since I've seen oil pumps, much less thousands of them. There are so many I passed a junkyard dedicated to dead oil pumps!
This is pretty much how I spent two days The fields of windmills along the Texas desert were interesting to see. The windmills are enormous- when you see them large and clear on top of a hill miles away, the scale of everything out there really hits you. These are some of the smaller ones.
But I made it here OK in the end, and got settled into the Edgington RV park at the far end of this tiny town.
This is what the Edgington RV park looks like. Very plain. (Not my RV)
Alamogordo is pretty neat so far. I had a nice pizza at the Pizza Patio; I actually ate on the patio (outdoors, oh no!), which seemed like a great idea until it started getting a bit windy and I saw the giant dust cloud blowing in from the desert. At least I ate and got out in time before it upset my meal :)
I actually saw a roadrunner crossing the road in front of me. That's just about the only bird I've seen in New Mexico- excepting a few very deliberately-cultivated areas, there just aren't enough trees to support the usual variety of avian life.
And, of course, the most fun thing so far: I'm close to the Air Force base, where they fly F-22 Raptors around. So, once in a while, I'll hear what sounds like an explosion and feel my trailer shake as one of the Raptors crashes through the sound barrier. Awesome! I love rushing out to spot them as they race across the sky, so much faster than you see passenger jets move.
One cool thing I've found about New Mexico is just how popular green chile peppers are here. You can get them on just about anything, I hear. The local burger place, Lotaburger, offers them as a normal topping right alongside bacon. They're pretty tasty on a burger!
I was told this was a safe, "you don't have to lock your doors" town, but just how safe didn't really sink in until I saw someone had left their car running, music blaring, windows down, completely abandoned with the key in the ignition while they went into the restaurant. This is the sort of pepper section North Carolina can only dream of Why are we selling pasta sauce that has vodka as the third ingredient?