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El Malpais National Monument

After a quick four days in New Mexico, it was time to begin the second portion of our Spring Break Southwest Adventure road trip.  We loaded up and headed west for Flagstaff, AZ, where we would spend two days before heading back to the San Gabriel Valley.  We hit the road right after breakfast with… Continue reading El Malpais National Monument

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Lincoln County, New Mexico Historic Sites

After two days in a row exploring our national monuments with many miles of driving, we kept the Thursday before leaving for Flagstaff 'local.' We used the day as a low-key rest day, but one with visits to the surrounding villages and their historic sites. Our first stop was to the town of Capitan. After… Continue reading Lincoln County, New Mexico Historic Sites

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Carlsbad Caverns

The highlight of our Spring Break Southwest Adventure was definitely Carlsbad Caverns. We had been desiring to visit the national park since we found out about its existence about ten years ago, and finally were staying close enough to make it a reality. The three-hour drive from Ruidoso via Roswell was well worth it. Carlsbad… Continue reading Carlsbad Caverns

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White Sands National Monument

We continued our Southwest Spring Break adventure at White Sands National Monument and the surrounding areas of Alamogordo and Cloudcroft. Alamogordo is home to pistachio orchards and wineries, such as PistachioLand which boasts the 'world's largest pistachio.' We made a stop here on the way to the national monument for some wine-tasting and window shopping.… Continue reading White Sands National Monument

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Spring Break Road Trip Across the Southwest

Spring break 2018 has come and gone and we are moving full steam ahead toward the end of the school year. As the kids are growing up quickly- too quickly it seems- we are more and more ditching our typical summer vacation schedule in exchange for spring and winter vacations. This year, spring break was… Continue reading Spring Break Road Trip Across the Southwest