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The White Sands

The best part of living on Earth is that every once in a while you stumble upon a place that is positively out of this Earth. Simply breathtaking. That kind of place that makes you proud to be an Earthling. Not to rub it in for all of you extraterrestrials, but you have to wonder if Mars has any place that would be out of this Mars. Methinks not.

One such magnificent place is the White Sands National Park in New Mexico. The world's largest field of gypsum dunes located just a short drive from Las Cruces, NM. It isn't exactly on the beaten path though. It took me some 15 years to finally make it there despite the fact that I spent 2 year of my life living in Los Alamos, NM - merely 300 miles to the north. If you ever happen to be in the Albuquerque area, however, you may give it a serious thought - doubly so if you are heading south or if you have ever wondered what the world would look like if it was made out of sugar.

That landscape is noble like a duchess on her wedding day. Her veil undulating in the wind. Grains of the finest rice strewn all over the ground. The delicate laces tying up the horizon in muted elegance. This is the fantasy planet you always wanted to wake up on. Especially if you are an hour glass. But whether you are into sand or not, you will enjoy the gently rolling curves and powdery heaps quietly conspiring to a future blizzard symphony. A choir of never-ending snow drifts rendered in the most festive tones of white.

You can even take a hike deep into the dunes and if you squint your eyes a bit, you may get an impression that you are dreaming of a white Christmas. And perhaps you are. I did not see any signs that would place any kind of restriction on dreaming. Indeed, dreaming is what a place like this is for.



Comment from: kathy S. [Visitor]
White Sands is beautiful--looks like coconut cream pie!!

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