"EXCERPT FROM NEW MEXICO 2002..." New Mexico Local Custom Tip by Sharrie

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<BR><b><font color='gray'>EXCERPT FROM NEW MEXICO 2002 VACATION GUIDE:</font></b>
<BR>Many people in the southeastern region of the state love to relate the legend of Pavla Blanca, or the ghost of the Great White Sands. Some say the ghostly figure usually appears as the evening winds sweep over the vast white gypsum dunes just after sunset, whipping up wraithlike eddies of sand.
<BR>To those who believe, the whirling figure is that of a beautiful Spanish maiden named Manuela, who searches the dunes in vain for her lover, a valiant conquistador named Hernando de Luna.
<BR>Apache warriors mortally wounded Luna on the edge of White Sands while he accompanied the expedition of Francisco Vazquez de Coronado in 1540. While the rest of the exploration party managed to escape the skirmish, the injured Luna was left to die somewhere on the ever-shifting sands.
<BR>Distraught by the news of her lover's disappearance, it is said that a determined Manuela set out north from what is now El Paso, Texas, to look for Luna. Although she was never seen alive again, many claim she is visible in her white, flowing wedding gown on the windy dunes every evening, searching & searching his eternal sandy grave.

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  • Written Sep 12, 2002
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