Tuesday, April 8, 2014

White Sands Natl Mon, NM

I was happy we were able to get back over to White Sands this year as it was closed when we were in the area a couple of months ago.  I had been here as a child and it was cool to come back as an adult and show Mike!

As the park is mostly blazing white sand dunes, there is  not much hiking and only one road into the park.  The 5 mile Alkali Flats trl is at the end of the 5 mile road and we had to do it.  It is rated difficult because, well, have you ever walked across sand dunes....in the wind??  Wouldn't do it again but it was amazing!

Alkali Flats trailhead

the white sand came from gypsum in the nearby mountain range

you keep on the trail by following the sign posts.....hmmmm

Alkali Flats, you can see some of the missile testing range

we will have sand in our shoes for a long time;)

no, those are not clouds but blowing sand

look at the sand blowing off the ridge

awesome day, time to go shower the sand out of our eyes, ears, nose, mouth.......

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you needed goggles for this hike! Hans and I could use a good hike in all that sand...maybe that would remove all the fine pink dust embedded in our shoes from Sedona!


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