I found this campsite on www.freecampsites.net. The property belongs to Holloman Air Force Base. We spent a few nights in our van, on the edge of the lake, the night temperatures were in the twenties. There were no bathrooms, no water, no other travelers for the duration of our stay. In the mornings, the sun reflection on the lake was gorgeous and it was the only place in the white sands where we saw actual birds.
There was a routine to this place. In the mornings, we were woken up by the sound of drones flying low above our van. I was very excited to see one in real life. On the final day of our stay, kurt caught one of them on camera.
Mid-morning, the fighter jets would start what looked like training exercises because of the repetitive patterns of taking off and flying in the sky. I was able to get a shot of a few of them as they were looping around.
Late morning, we would receive the visit of the Air Force police, just checking in with us, making sure everything is OK, wondering what were our plans and purpose of visit. It made us wonder and ask if we were doing anything illegal! We ended up having a cordial rapport on the second day, we left early on the third. Nice people, taking their job very seriously!
We will stay there again in the future while keeping in mind that it's no ordinary Boondocking site. At least it's safe, and so close to White Sands National Monument, it's perfect!