Does White Sands National Park Live Up To The Hype? (+What You Need To Know To Visit!)

Well here we are. In October. Writing about stuff from March. One of the things we ended up doing on our drive to Utah (and have wanted to do for years) is visit White Sands National Park! This is a southwest bucket list topper, for sure. I would say it's on most peoples whether they…

Bandelier National Monument: Hike To These Awesome Ruins On The Main Loop Trail (+ The Alcove Ruin!)

Way back in March on our trip out to Utah for the summer, we traveled through New Mexico. You may remember having seen a post a couple of months ago about the Falls Trail in Bandelier National Monument, well this one is all about the main draw to the park: the ruins on the main…

Hike The Falls Trail In Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. One of the things I was most excited to do in New Mexico was to visit Santa Fe and Bandelier National Monument.  The only thing I actually knew about it was the ruins,…

Carlsbad Caverns: A Cool Descent

There are affiliate links in here.  I get a small commission if you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. New Mexico is hot.  Like, way hotter than I expected.  Most of the road trip was around the 80's temperature wise, but not New Mexico.  It was all right around 100.  After the…

Alien Everything: Welcome to Roswell, New Mexico

I imagined Roswell to be a tiny alien-themed everything town in the middle of nowhere New Mexico.  The middle of nowhere part was right.  The tiny town part wasn't.  It's not huge, like Albuquerque, but it's not tiny either.  The alien-themed everything was a little off too, but it was still pretty close.  I had…

Albuquerque From Above: A Hot Air Balloon Adventure On A New Mexico Road Trip

My fingers were probably crossed for good weather from the moment we booked our hot air balloon flight.  I'm talking a week of crossed fingers. This is serious business. For as long as I can remember, I've loved hot air balloons and wanted to ride in one.  When we started planning the southwest road trip,…