Spent the entire day figuring out the itinerary of the New Mexico trip--one of the five trips I am having this summer! This particular one is going to be very interesting since it has a bit of everything: from ancient (100 A.D) ruins of human civilization to astronomical radio observatories; from colorful crystalized caves burried deep underground to dried ocean filled with tiny white crystals; from unique Spanish style churches to dwelling places built on cliffs... my mind has already flown there just by imagination...
1400 - 1600 Bandelier National Monument
1700 Santa Fe (stay for a night, La Fonda Tower)
0500 Start going
0630 - 0900 Taos
1100 - 1230 Ghost Ranch
1600 - 1900 Chaco Culture National Park
1900 - 2200 Acoma Pueblo (Stay)
1300 - 1500 Climbing ancient stairs in Acoma Pueblo before going to Socorro
1500 - 1700 Socorro (Stay)
1700 - 1800 Socorro to VLA
1800 - 2000 VLA
2000 - 2100 VLA to Socorro
0500 - 0800 Socorro to Gila Cliff Dwellings
0800 - 1200 Gila Cliff Dwellings
1200 - 1500 Las Cruces (Stay)
1700 - 1800 Las Cruces to White Sands (Check for closure due to missile test)
1845 Join sunset guided tour
0600 - 1000 Las Cruces to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Will go check out fossil in Guadalupe Mountains National Park on the way.
1000 till dust will stay in the caves observing bats (if we are lucky enough). Will reserve guided cave tour.
0600 Leaving El paso.