Traveling from Santa Rosa, NM to Alamogordo, NM

June 5, 2022

Nox was happy to get put into the truck while Bruce got the RV ready to go this morning.

Nox Ready to Go!

Just after 10:00 AM, we headed out of the Santa Rosa Campground and RV park. We went west along the Will Rodgers Drive aka Route 66. We traveled along the Historic Route 66 for a short ways through Santa Rosa. Please forgive the very blurry picture of the Route 66 marker. I didn’t have time to get another picture as we rolled past.

We turned off the Historic Route 66 onto US Highway 54 and headed south.

Trains were a common sight, as well as prong horn antelope, cattle, and horses. Windmills of the enormous commercial variety were another common sight, as well as the old American style windmills. The old American style windmills were still pumping water.

I managed to miss getting pictures of the antelope every single time. Oh, well. The mountains and mesas are beautiful, in a desolate way.

We stopped at Carrizozo, NM to fuel up. I have no idea how to say Carrizozo and I wish I knew how to say it. It looks like a fun word.

We had a bit of a scare on our drive today. A trucker started to pass us while there was oncoming traffic. Three cars were oncoming. Bruce slowed way down to help the trucker get past us, but two of the cars in oncoming lane had to go on the shoulder to avoid being hit by the truck. The third car started to pull off on the shoulder, but the truck made it past us and pulled in. I am so glad no one got hurt!

Nox slept most of the trip.

Sleepyhead Nox

We made it safely to Boot Hill RV Park in Alamogordo, NM. We got in right around 2:00 PM. Bruce set up the RV while I stayed off my foot.

We went out for a late lunch/early supper.

Our friend and her husband came by to pick up the canning jars and to visit with us. It has been a long time since we’ve seen her. It was great to visit.

I am looking forward to doing some limited exploring of the area. I don’t want to strain my ankle.

8 thoughts on “Traveling from Santa Rosa, NM to Alamogordo, NM

  1. Oh, do those long stretches of desolate highway look familiar. We always traveled through Santa Rosa on our way to New Mexico and Colorado from Texas. We always heard, and thus pronounced, the name of the town as ‘carry zo zo’, with a long o like in Oat. One year we spent Christmas in Ruidoso and drove over to the town to see the Christmas luminaries, where they light candles in sand-filled paper bags on Christmas Eve.

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    1. The long lonely highway…wait the rest of the song doesn’t fit. Thanks for the tip on how to pronounce the town name. I do wonder what it means. I’ll get around to looking it up at some point. The sand-filled paper bags with candles is a lovely tradition for Christmas. It is romantically beautiful.


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