Traveling to the White Sands today

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 in nature

What a long day. I spent the day driving from El Paso to White Sands National Monument.  What an unusual place in the middle of New Mexico – brilliant white sands in the middle of the desert.  The white sand is created by gypsum deposits from nearby mountains which has formed over many thousands of years.

People come here to take photographs or to take sleds down the huge dunes of white sand that cover 250,000 acres. It sure is easy to get lost in the desert with all that sand around you.  Spring is the windy season so when you go walking your footprints are erased almost immediately. You really have to keep your sense of direction to avoid getting lost. I was fortunate but they have to rescue people all the time here.