White Sands: A Beach Without An Ocean

Surfs up!

Kinda…
White sands is the largest gypsum dunefield in the world! It’s sands engulf 275 square miles of New Mexico’s desert.

The sand is thought to be what’s left behind from the evaporation of a great ocean about 70 million years ago!

Change of Plans

 

Our original intention for coming here:
– Camp the dunes of white sands
– Explore the stars
– Share the wonders of life

Our current plan?
– Stand around awkwardly and take pictures.

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Okay, Maybe it’s not that bad

As we drove in last night a rainstorm was sweeping through the area.

We found ourselves spending the night in a Walmart Parking lot, rather than on the dunes.

Regardless, the sun is out and the weather beautiful.
Perfect for a drive out to this waterless beach.

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Dunes Drive

Starting out on Dunes drive, the scenery doesn’t look too good.

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but that quickly changes…

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Before we know it, we’re out driving on the sand itself!

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We explore a short boardwalk

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Then continue the drive to where the real action is!

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It doesn’t take much walking to take in the surroundings

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Busting out the camera tripod

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We take some pictures

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Sand Castle anyone?

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We might be giving Scoops and Ralph some ideas…

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The sand is perfect for kicking off our shoes

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After a relaxing couple hours on the dunes, it’s time to load up in the van, with its sand-caked tires, and cruise on out of here!

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