It was huge! Weird to see it in person. If we were in our own car (rather than a rental), we might have gone through the wash, just for fun.
Then we drove by Los Pollos Hermanos, which is really a chain of restaurants called Twisters (their specialty is burritos). Finally, we drove by Walter White's house, which was just off a main street. We felt like creepers as we approached it, and then, when we saw the owner sitting in the garage, there was no way we were going to stop and take a picture! It was both bizarre and fun to see the actual house in person, and this week, I've watched some episodes of Breaking Bad with a friend (got her hooked on it), so it's really weird to see the house now.
After feeling like creepers, we didn't go to the other locations, like the duplex where Jesse and Jane lived, or Saul's office. Apparently we are not really cut out for the life of a paparazzi.
The next morning, we had to drive to El Paso, but Jeff wanted to make a detour to White Sands National Monument. He's been there previously, when he had to work in Alamogordo, but this was to be my first visit. Getting there from Albuquerque was a drive! It took about 3.5 hours, and at times we were in the middle of nowhere. But eventually, we could see it off in the distance:
Click on the picture and you'll see the white line in the horizon - that's all sand!
I think we were still about 30 minutes away at this point. Eventually we arrived - right before noon. In July. In the desert. Hot doesn't really describe how it felt. But we didn't let a little heat stop us - after all, we're from Texas!
A quick stop at the visitor center...
It's an eight mile drive into the dunes - at first there's vegetation among the sand, but soon it becomes all white. You need sunglasses if you come here - that sand was blinding!
They had saucers for sale at the visitor center, and I'm sorry we didn't do that, because once we saw the pristine dunes, we wished we could slide down them.
Climbing a dune - although the sun was burning down, the sand was cool to walk on barefooted...weird. I've hotfooted it across so many beaches in my life that this was a pleasant surprise.
Coming down a really steep dune - I sank up to my knees with every step!
OK, not gonna lie - this was fun, even without saucering down.
We went back to the visitor center to get a magnet as our little souvenir, but while I was looking for THE one, Jeff came across this:
Two New Mexico quarters. Fifty cents. For $9.99 - I wonder if they have actually sold any of these? I mean, I can look in my change bucket right now and probably come across a NM quarter - but kudos to whoever thought up this souvenir!
Have a great weekend - our only plans are to run tomorrow morning, eat breakfast with our friends (of course), and then stay inside - we are all about the air conditioning right now!