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Old 07-18-2003, 02:28 PM   #1
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Great Sand Dunes National Monument

We've driven by it a bunch of times ... but never camped there ... until this last time.

Near Alamosa, Co, is a place called Great Sand Dunes National Monument ... and it's one of the most amazing places Pam and I have ever been.

We're going back.

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This photo is in the Pinon Flats campground, inside the park (with no services)(where the real campers camp)
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Old 07-18-2003, 02:33 PM   #2
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Off in the distance (although it's really not that far) are the Great Sand Dunes ... huge, shifting, mountains of sand.

We're camped at the park's campground ... which is not a very far hike up onto the sand dunes.

Best part? They allow you to hike anywhere with your dog ... one of the few National parks that allows this. However, they recommend that for your dog's sake, you start your hike to the summit early in the morning (because the sand will burn your pet's paws).

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Old 07-18-2003, 02:38 PM   #3
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Several rivers actually run down off the Sand Dunes ... and because the riverbeds are sand, the course of the rivers are constantly shifting, as are the sand dunes.

Supposedly, whole wagon trains of people have gotten lost, and swallowed up, to never be seen again.

Really, really a neat place.

And you had to remind yourself that you were in Colorado, and not in some God-forsaken place in California (or the middle east), where sand is not all that unusual.

But, hey, in Colorado?

And in a National Park that allows you to take your dog on the trails?

Worth going back.

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Old 07-18-2003, 02:40 PM   #4
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The Great Sand Dunes National Monument website:

http://www.nps.gov/grsa/
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Old 07-18-2003, 02:48 PM   #5
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It doesn't look real.
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Old 07-18-2003, 02:55 PM   #6
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Maggie, that's exactly what Pam said!

First you're driving in the mountains ... regular old rocky mountains, then you come around a corner and see equally-as-tall sand dune mountains ... it really doesn't look real.

Really out of place ... like it was dumped there by martians or something.

The sand mountains are really pretty in the early morning or late afternoon sun.

Like many things (pictures of me, included), the camera really doesn't do it justice.

Place on stopping there a night if you are ever in the area.

As I said, we drove by it many times, but never took the time to stop. Only about 20 miles off the main road.
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Old 07-18-2003, 02:56 PM   #7
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One last pix:

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Old 07-18-2003, 03:33 PM   #8
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Dangerous sand dunes

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constantly shifting, as are the sand dunes.

Supposedly, whole wagon trains of people have gotten lost, and swallowed up, to never be seen again.

The dunes look interesting, BUT BE CAREFUL.
Our neighbours lost 2 sons 7 and 10 and two of their playmates in a summer day at the Sand Hills on the north shore of Lake Erie. The dune fell from higher up, and no they were not digging into the base. Within seconds they were buried in tons of sand. Their oldest son, a friend and the dad were standing a few feet away and were buried to their knees. Apparently this happens periodically around the world and children die. That is not how a day at the beach should end. As a result their mother helped prepare a curriculum for teachers on sand dune safety for our school board, then called Brant County, that is available upon request. This came out of the inquest as a need. Unfortunately the school board that is on the lake thought it unnecessary to promote beach safety and decline to use it.
The next week-end other parents were allowing their children to play in the same area:shg
Those boys would be 17 and 20 now.
Have a good time in the sand , but keep very alert.
Jean
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Old 07-18-2003, 09:11 PM   #9
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Sand Dunes

Charles,

Fantastic!!!!
You probably know this already but there are some large sand dunes in Silver Lake, Mi. It's a state park and you can walk around in it if you watch out for the people driving the dunes. Its the last place you can drive sand dunes in the country I think.
It's right on Lake Michigan and the sunsets are awesome. After the sun drops the rangers shag you out of the park.
We're going up there in August for a weekend and maybe up the Sleeping Bear National park for a week ( it's a little iffy at this point)
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Old 07-19-2003, 02:43 AM   #10
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Don't forget the dunes at Florence Oregon...simply amazing.

And another word of warning to those who have not visited places like this - you can't see when the dunes drop 100 feetor more right in front of you. Be careful and have fun! :wave
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Texas has Sandhills State Park, near Monahans

My family used to camp (in a big, canvas tent) at the Sandhills at Thanksgiving and/or Easter, when I was a teenager. One of the most memorable included a lunar eclipse, with the blood-red moon rising over the dunes. Fantastic, it was.

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We drove by Sandhills in Texas. Next time we'll stop.
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Old 07-19-2003, 10:22 PM   #13
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Charles,
I showed my wife the your pictures and she said he's got one of those skinny little cartop carriers!
Th whole trip she saw these and kept asking me what on earth anyone could carry in those.
Could you enlighten her ( and me)?
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Old 07-20-2003, 01:38 AM   #14
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PJ

I'm suprised you would ask. I think the roof top carrier enhances the aerodynamics of the Suburban with respect to the Casita.


But to answer your question " What one earth would anyone carry in those?" Well, I would have said BEER, but I'll assume there is no 12v DC going to that rooftop carrier to keep the brewski's cold......:o


I know that Charles has a mini hardware store in the back of his SUB.


OK..what is in that thing anyway? ;)
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