We had a busy day yesterday. Started out from Wilcox, AZ and headed into Las Cruces, NM. We stopped at La Posta and had some Mexican food for lunch. Team Blue Bus all got to experience Green Chile and Sopapillas. Serious YUM!
We had an experience yesterday that just wouldn't happen in L.A. We needed to find additional wardrobe for "Joey" since he didn't believe he was really going any further than Phoenix and only brought the clothes he had on with him. See, he didn't have faith in Blue Bus like "Auggie" did and of course, she proved him wrong! (Typical woman!). We were in La Mesilla which is old town Las Cruces, looking for a clothing store that sold something beside REALLY tacky tourist shirts. Can't really see "Joey" wearing a shirt with sombreros and chiles all over it.
We found one store but it was closed. However, when we were in another store asking if there were any other clothing stores around, low and behold the woman who runs the store that was closed was in there and offered to open up for us. She even let us shoot "Auggie" and "Joey" shopping. Turned out to be a great little moment which is what is so amazing about this trip. We are discovering the story and the adventure and shooting it at the same time.
When we left Las Cruces, we headed up a pretty large hill or foothill or mountain, whatever you want to call it - we went from 3800 feet to 8000 feet within 12 or so miles. Blue Bus was not particularly thrilled about this - not sure if she doesn't like altitude or the fact that "Joey" gave her some super rich and fatty premium gas instead of her typical diet of regular unleaded. She made it, SLOWLY, but she did make it.
We headed for White Sands next. Happily the military wasn't firing any missiles yesterday so we passed through the missile range without incident. We came upon a checkpoint with all cameras loaded including the birdhouse on the front and caused a bit of a stir with the inspections officer. He couldn't quite grasp the idea that all of the rigging and why if we were going to New Orleans that we would be in the middle of New Mexico. He finally let Blue Bus through reluctantly and then stopped the pass van. When he asked what we were doing and where we were heading, we said "following the Blue Bus". At that point, he just shook his head and waved us through. Whew!
We got to White Sands and drove way into the park to the area where from a photo, you really aren't sure if it's snow or sand. It was magic hour right before sunset, the light was phenomenal and "Auggie" and "Joey" had a great time strolling on the tops of the dunes.
Blue Bus was in her glory as the backdrop made her coloring look quite lovely. Some of the crew attempted "sand surfing" down some of the hills. There must be some secret to that but we have no idea what it might be. They got more stuck than sliding for the most part.
TEAM BLUE BUS: Standing, left to right: Jacob Scarpaci, Kerrie Scher, Ron Recasner aka "Auggie", Phil Scarpaci aka "Joey", Stuart Asbjornsen and Pattie Kelly. Front row, kneeling, left to right Sean Brown, Darren Anderson and Stu McKee.
We then headed into Alamogordo, NM for the night. WORST hotel yet. There was nothing available as there is another movie crew here who actually has a budget and they took up all the rooms in the hotels that weren't scary! The beds felt like someone put a board with four feet on it and said, "nobody will notice, they're traveling and they're tired!" Not quite!!!!!
We are off to Cloudcroft this morning and then down and around southeastern New Mexico into Texas.