White Sands National Monument

After visiting my grandparents' graves it was off to the land of enchantment to play at the White Sands National Monument.
 It really is like no place on Earth.
 With it being so close, we had to take the kids to one of the world's great natural wonders.
 The giant dunes of white sand cover 275 miles.  It looks like snow but is a fine sand like the beaches of the Caribbean.
 It is the world's largest gypsum dunefield.  The dunes arise from an ephermal lake with a very high mineral content.  The water evaporates leaving the minerals behind that from gypsum.  The gypsum is then blown into dunes.
 We had an absolute blast playing, sledding, surfing, rolling and making sand angles. 
 It is unlike any sand we have ever played in before.  The lack of water anywhere makes it so clean.
 It just brushes of and doesn't leave any trace of being on you.
 We had a cool thing happen at the dunes.  Hailey found a new itouch as she was sledding down.
I hate to admit that the phrase, finders keepers, losers weepers did cross my mind.  But as soon as we realized it was a little girls and that there was contact info in it we made it our mission to return it to her.
Luckily the family lived in El Paso and were able to come to the hotel in Las Cruces to retrieve it.  The girl left us a sweet thank you note and a $40 reward.  They were so happy.  
 It was such a great life lesson for the kids. 
 How many bars do you have??

White Sands is an out of this world experience that left us enchanted. 

1 comment:

Courtney said...

WOW! It is so pretty! What a fun playground. Awesome pictures too.