191 Kms from Ascension
If you'd like to go another 10 miles, head on out to Las Cruces (The Crosses), the 2 nd largest city in New Mexico, with over 100,000 residents. Enjoy delicious New Mexican cuisine in the festive old town plaza of Mesilla and then shop until your heart's content in Las Cruces. If you have time on your way back, stop off at Space Murals Museum, which has free admission and an extensive collection of space articles, records, memorabilia, and an outdoor garden dedicted to the ill-fated Challenger mission. Also on the property, outside the gates in the area of the parking lot, is a letterbox and a geocache that we placed. Find them for a little souvenir of your visit: www.geocaching.com
302 Kms from Ascension
Alamogordo is a small town of about 20,000 residents in south central New Mexico, about an hour north of El Paso, Texas. Alamogordo's largest employer is the nearby Holloman Air Force Base, which has a rich history of air and space superiority and stealth technology. Although it's a small town, there's a lot to do there, but you wouldn't know it just driving through. So, next time you're in the area, stop for a bit. You'll be glad you did.