Sunday, May 24, 2015

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

I had an amazing experience  in Great Sand Dunes National Park.  It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

It was a normal day, not too cold, and the sand dunes were regular sand dunes - big, giant mountains of reddish sand. Then, inexplicably, it started to snow - a LOT!  Within 10 minutes, the reddish dunes were covered in pure white snow.  That's not something you get to see every day - it was so incredible!  This is an amazing place - the very different aspects of it show how the Earth manages to survive and everything non-human manages to adapt to the conditions. My photos do not do the beauty of it justice!

Before the snow.

20 minutes later!

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The road into the Sand Dunes is very long.  The clouds looked a little scary.  But, it turned out to be a great experience, when those clouds opened up and it snowed.

The sand dunes are spectacular!

The little specs are people CLIMBING them.   

I sat and watched a little 20 minute film in the visitor center.  When I came out, it was snowing.  This is the deck of the visitor center.  Through the snow, you couldn't even see the dunes anymore.  

It snowed for about half an hour.

When the snowing stopped, the dunes looked like this.  What an amazing experience to see this.  One minute they are reddish, the next pure white.  They say this doesn't happen often at this time of year.

People walk through this water to hike up the dunes.  I passed on that.

I am always prepared!

My car after coming out of the visitor center!  Good thing I ALWAYS travel with a snow scraper!  I was SUCH a show-off; other people were using their hands to try and get the snow off their cars.  Me, I opened my trunk and pulled out my scraper and calmly scraped while the others watched in jealousy!  To reiterate, it was the best $3 that I ever spent!

As I drove back down to the town, the snow was less and less.  It doesn't stay on the dunes long.