I was not so sure about this camping trip.
I haven’t been camping without dh since… hmmmm, well, since I was a kid and went camping with my family I guess. It’s sort of his gig. It isn’t something that I would’ve dreamed up, but you see, I have this friend. And she wanted to go camping, and her husband is gone too. She had a reservation, and she told me she was going with or without me, and did I want to come? I was very impressed that she would even attempt such a feat, and so somehow I agreed to go.
It. was. awesome.
We camped at the newest national park, Great Sand Dunes. It is one of the most unexpected sights, you are driving through this desolate valley until you suddenly can see the Sangre de Cristo mountains, with these sand mountains at their base.
Once upon a time, there was a great lake that covered this valley. It eventually disappeared, due to changing climate, leaving a huge sheet of sand behind. Due to the unique nature of this valley and the winds that blow in opposing directions, over time the sand formed incredible vertical structures.
Even more interesting, each year two streams created from the melting snows in the mountains run through the valley, bringing sand back to the dunes before disappearing in the summer heat.
It felt great to splash around in the stream (and that’s the dutchkid in the corner there in her swimsuit) after that long hot hike to the top of the dunes.
In the end I was only sorry that we couldn’t stay longer. I really owe my friend for getting me outside of my normal idea of, “things I can do” and introducing us to what really is the only beach in Colorado!
For more info on the Great Sand Dunes National Park, including a cool animated video on how they were formed, you can go here.
(and K, I bet you didn’t think you were going to make the blog did you Thank you.)