We left Friday around 2pm from Garden City and were in Cloudcroft by 8 New Mexico time. We checked in to our room and then headed out to eat. We ate at a little cafe/bar in downtown that was ok.... supposed to be better judging from the internet reviews but our food mostly sucked. haha. It was still fun to be out in downtown, per say. After dinner we stopped by a convenience store so I could buy really expensive hot chocolate packets, haha, and then we went back to our room and enjoyed the evening!
|Our room location at The Lodge, separate from the main hotel.|
|At an overlook point on the way to the observatories|
After shopping we headed out south of town to the National Solar Observatory and the Apace Point Observatory. Both had giant telescopes which of course excites Darren. At the solar observatory we actually got to go in where they were working and see them seriously watching the sun.... waiting for something to happen. It was pitch black in the room so that the reflector dealies would work. It was pretty cool to see science under way!
|Really big telescope, and half of it is underground!|
|Darren loveeeesss the telescopes!|
|At the bottom of the falls|
|We hiked up the hill to the top of the falls as well, super pretty!|
We spent a good amount of time just enjoying nature out here before heading back to our hotel. We got there in time to watch the first quarter of the Aggie game before having to head to dinner. It was pretty funny to see us in our hotel room hovering around the laptop and cheering as the Aggies BTHO ou! We wanted to leave our room early to make it back to main lodge in time to watch the sunset from the tower. It was really pretty!
|Before dinner in the hotel tower|
|After our anniversary dinner|
|At a lookout point on the way to Alamogordo|
|On our way home.. New Mexico gave us a nice parting gift!|