In the morning we hiked part way to Church Rock, a prominent formation near Gallup, New Mexico's Red Rock Park, where we were staying. About a mile in, the wind picked up so we turned around.
By the time we got back to the trail head Jim guesstimated the gusts to be about 50 mph. We'd planned to go to a Native American center in Gallup after our hike; instead we sat in the rig all afternoon and watched sand blow straight at us. It had been projected that gusts would get up to 60 mph -- and they did until about 7 p.m. when the wind let up a bit but still blew hard much of the night.
|We thought our windows were tight, but the storm blew sand and dust through the frames. We vacuumed them twice during he afternoon. I did some video but can't post it for reasons unknown.|
|A cold front was behind the wind. We woke up this morning to snow and lighter winds.|