Changing Desert Road Jeep Adventures
On a recent rural land real estate photo trip to Las Cruces I returned to an area I was in just six weeks earlier. Reaching that rural land property was some of the hardest offroad driving I have had to do in New Mexico. Checking the maps I knew the recent property would require the exact same troublesome washed out, dirt road. However, the desert is an ever changing landscape and this time the road was totally different. Gone were the washed out foot wide gaps, filled in by a chalky sand. This became its own hazard as the chalky sand was inches deep and I had to switch to “sand” traction mode to get through the deeper sections!
Once having made it to the property border, I got out of my Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, closed the door, and was in a cloud of dust. The tailgate was even worse! I had to be careful getting out my cameras and my drone to keep them from getting covered in this fine powder. The back of the Jeep got so caked in it, that not even a 3 hour, 75mph drive back to Albuquerque blew even half of it off! I went to a gas station drive through carwash, and even that did not get the back fully clean! There is still a good portion of the Las Cruces desert clinging to the Jeep!