Monday, May 20, 2013

Alamogordo, NM

We pulled into Shady Grove RV Park on Hwy. 54 just outside of Alamogordo on May 15th.  The monthly rate with full hook-ups is only $245.00.  Electric, cable, and high speed Internet is included in that rate!  We got this great lot next to the office!  This is the view out our picture window.  Odie is allowed to play inside the fenced office area!  I can sit in one of the rocking chairs on the porch and read while he explores!  Odie's routine so far is to make at least one lap around the building, before he retires for a nap!  There are lots of places to take the dogs for walks.
Capturing a city is always difficult, but here is a glimpse showing how closely Alamogordo is situated to the mountains.  Alamogordo is located in the Tularosa Basin, with Highway 54/70 as the main boulevard running north/south through the center of the community.  Alamogordo, locally called Alamo, is at an elevation of 4,380 feet and was reported in 2012 to have a population of 30,403.  Holloman Air Force Base, the German Air Force Tactical Training Center, and White Sands National Monument are located just outside of town.  The community is home to the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  Alamogordo has a branch of New Mexico State University, a museum of space history, an Imax theater, and a theater for the performing arts.
On the corner of US 54/70 and Tenth Street is Founder's Park.  It is a nice park honoring the community's founders through bronze sculptures.  In the same vicinity is the city zoo, the museum of history, the visitor's center, and a toy train museum.
This is a nice painting at Founder's Park representing the Hispanic influence on the settling of Alamogordo.
A key figure in settling the area is Oliver Lee.  Nearby Oliver Lee State Park was named in his honor.  We look forward to exploring the area and getting to know Alamogordo!