Just when you thought it could not get any hotter in the beautiful Chihuahua desert, summer is staring you in the face full-on.
But no worries: Southern New Mexico has ways of making you smile, even in the thick of summer.
Yes, there is something you can do to get relief from the heat besides shopping at the indoor mall.
In fact, here are 5 things you can do TODAY to enjoy the summer and ~
Keep Your Southern New Mexico Cool Despite the Heat
Build Something Cool
No doubt about it, those glistening white sands at White Sands Monument are unique.
For one thing, they make up the world’s largest gypsum dune field. And they really are white. Against the tans and browns of the surrounding terrain, they’re incredible to see.
But take a bucket of the stuff and mix it with water, you can have as great a time building sand castles with it as with ordinary sand.
So when visiting White Sands, be ready for the occasional desert rains and the puddles that form afterward. Then grab your bucket and get to work.
Eat Something Cool
Like clockwork, Ice Cream Sunday at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces will take place on the third Sunday in July. This year that means July 16th.
What’s it all about?
Eating lots of ice cream, natch. And extra fun comes with using vintage equipment to make your own ice cream. How better to explore the history of one of America’s favorite desserts?
Now, if you’ve been toying with the idea of making your own ice cream at home, what you learn on Ice Cream Sunday may help you with that decision. Making homemade ice cream can lead to great times in the kitchen with your family and friends.
Oh, and did I mention they’ve also planned an ice cream sandwich eating contest? (!!!)
Read Something Cool
I’m not yet all the way through Tsh Oxenreider’s At Home in the World, but already I can tell you this is a book that you with your traveler’s heart will appreciate.
The author ~ who happens to live nearby in Texas ~ takes you along on the nearly year-long round-the-world trip she, hubby, and three kiddos took a short time back.
They traveled from the U.S. to Asia to Australia to Africa to Europe and back. And not only did both parents return with their sanity intact, but the children gained cultural skills, and the family grew stronger as a whole. The message is clear: travel and children do go together.
But don’t think you need to have children of your own to enjoy this book; you only need to like travel.
Certain passages had Adventurer-Me alternately laughing out loud or nodding with empathy ~ and I have no children at all.
So I say, read the book. And know that WHATEVER your current stage of life, married or single, with children or without, travel and you can go together.
Drink Something Cool
Do you like chai? And, if so, do you prefer it cold?
Then you are going to luv, luv, luv the Dirty Vanilla Chai Latte at Beck’s Coffee.
The one I had during a recent visit was made with almond milk ~ though they also can prepare it for you with soy or dairy milk. The result was an icy cold brew both milky and delicately sweet. The spicy coldness of it all kept me animated through a great time of visiting with my friend.
Lots of slow-sipping, lots of smiles. I’m declaring it my favorite beverage of the summer. Check it out.
See Something Cool
But no, young Grasshopper ~ there’s more to Southern New Mexico landscapes than 50 shades of brown. There are plenty of evergreen forests, too.
Head west from the I-25 to Gila National Forest and see if it isn’t so. Besides the obvious hiking and camping opportunities, you can tour the Gila Cliff Dwellings. These prehistoric condos built inside of a cliff show you how a group of Mogollon ~ a people of the early Southwest ~ once lived.
Or head toward the area east of the I-25 and refresh yourself in the cool mountain air of Cloudcroft. In this village of 700, swimming, mountain biking, and horseback riding are just a few of the activities you can get into.
Plus, Cloudcroft’s 8500+ feet of elevation affords wide views of the Tularosa Basin and its crown jewel, the White Sands National Monument. (And that brings us back to the place you’ll be building your sand highrise, remember?)
There are many ways to keep your Southern New Mexico cool in the summertime: the choice is yours!
Happy Fourth of July!
Featured image, White Sands National Monument by toroverde.