“One day I heard someone talking about ‘sifting sand’. I liked the sound of those words and scribble in my notebook ‘old man sifts sand’ tells stories…’ and forgot about it.
Then one day I was on a beach, watching the sand trickle through my fingers and thought, what if every grain held a story. And what if someone were able to tell those stories by sifting the sand?” – Wikiquote
What if every grain held a story? What an awesome thought; especially when applied to the wonders of White Sands National Monument, New Mexico.
Retracing our Route
As much as we didn’t want to retrace our route back across the southern portion of the country, it did prove to be worth it for several reasons. Spending 5 nights in Tucson – basking in the sun poolside – was just 1 of many. Our return trip to Las Cruces, New Mexico was another good – very good – reason. Not only did it take us back to La Posta for margaritas and delicious Mexican food, it also gave us the opportunity to visit White Sands, which is about an hour’s drive out into the desert.
Travel tip: Make sure you fill your gas tank before you leave Las Cruces, or it’s a l-o-n-g drive to Alamagordo, the next town. Throw in the fact that the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range is out there in the desert as well, and a random border patrol inspection station, and it all makes for an interesting drive!
Travel Tip: If you find yourself in the vicinity of White Sands, be sure to read the park’s website before your visit, as they do close the area sometimes for missile testing. Whoa…
We found ourselves driving across the desert, in the middle of nowhere, with no real idea of what to expect, but isn’t that half the fun of traveling?! And then, suddenly, we were there. Out of the dust of the desert sands, an incredible site to behold.
What can I tell you about White Sands? Sometimes (and I’ve said this before) it’s really hard to find the right words to describe the experience.
A Contrast in Nature
White Sands is fascinating, talk about a contrast in nature; pure white sand against the harsh desert backdrop. But as glorious as the sand dunes were, it was the sky that captured my imagination that day. I couldn’t stop looking up. And, every time I did, there was a new palette of color for me to admire.
White Sands is an incredible site to see and one can follow the road about 8 miles out among the dunes to witness the different layers of sand on sand and white on white. And, remember to look up!
These look incredible! That tree that can survive so long (nearly) under the dune is such a tough beast! Also, you guys must have been practising your sand writing, that is really neat. 🙂
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Thanks Andrew! We agree, we were in awe of the spirit of that tree being able to survive as long as some part of it could get air.
Rats. I lived in Albuquerque for a year and a half and never visited White Sands. Thanks for making me want to return to NM. 🙂
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You’re welcome! 😉
That’s awesome how you guys wrote your names in the sand, Patti. That photo of you standing in the distance on the slight incline with the sand below and clouds above could be a poster! I would love to visit the missile range as long as I could see live missiles being tested 🙂
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I have to admit, Mike, I think it would be kind of cool to see the missile testing – from a great distance of course!
Ah, the stories they could tell! I haven’t been to White Sands, although I’ve passed nearby at various times in my life. Now I must see. Love the pic of your names in the sand, you lovebirds.
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Ha! Lovebirds we are! It was fun to leave a tiny little bit of ourselves, until the wind blew us away.
I had no idea that something like this exits in North America. What a gorgeous area, and your photos are amazing.
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Thanks so much, Nancie, and thanks for reading. White Sands is indeed very special.
I love National Parks! I have never been to this one; I just added it to my list! Great photos!
Thanks for reading, Marilyn. Definitely add this park to your list!
The grains really does tells a story! 🙂
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Thanks for reading, Ben! There’s a lot of stories out there in the sand dunes, that’s for sure.
I love the colors in these photos. Absolutely stunning!
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Thank you so much Michelle and thanks for stopping by.
I enjoyed visiting your post. One of our favorite stops in NM was White Sands. Would love to take the Grands there someday to play in the sand. Blessings, Debbie
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Thank you for stopping by, Debbie, greatly appreciated.
This is an amazing area to walk on, around and enjoy. I agree that the sunset is worth waiting for.
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Thanks for stopping by, Neva. It was a fabulous day amongst the dunes.
We visited last month. Photos just cannot capture the sheer beauty of the place.
p.s. We also wrote our names in the sand with a heart. 🙂
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No, and my photos didn’t capture the sky that day, but we gave it our best effort. I think the sand just begs to be written in and I’m glad you added the heart!
I am too fascinated with amazing clouds and on something simple like white sand, it’s amazing to photograph. Would have loved being there for a sunrise or sunset with those, clouds – I’m sure it would be absolutely amazing!
There was really just something mesmerizing about the sky that day. I don’t know if it was the vast openness, or the surrounding desert, or the white sand dunes, or … but I just couldn’t get enough of it.
Patti, I love, love, love White Sands. I’ve been there a couple of times and you just can’t beat the sunsets….gorgeous! Your photos are beautiful!
It is really something special, isn’t it? We didn’t know what to expect – sand dunes, so what? – oh my gosh did we love it! We didn’t stay long enough to hike the dunes for the sunset, as we needed to return to Las Cruces, but it turned out we made the right choice because the clouds moved in and blocked the sky.
How did I get to be almost 60 years old and not know that the US has a mini Sahara desert? Yeah, not sure I’d want to be wandering around a missile testing site in the middle of nowhere. I know what you mean about mesmerizing skies. I posted a photo of one on FB just yesterday 🙂
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We almost didn’t go because of the warning on the website about testing, but I called and discovered it was clear. Awkward phrasing on the part of the military. Should I be surprised?!