Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

My flight from Mongolia back to the US was long but happily uneventful, and after a great week with my family in Denver I drove to Marie’s place in Mountain View.  My only real stop along the way was to camp for a night at Great Sand Dunes National Park.  The light on the dunes was perfect for photos, but strong winds whipped the sand so violently that, legs stinging and eyes watering, I retreated back to my tent after only an hour.

 

Sunlight on GSDNP

Sunlight on GSDNP

 

Shadows at GSDNP

Shadows at GSDNP

 

Sunny Afternoon at GSDNP

Sunny Afternoon at GSDNP

 

Clouds Over GSDNP

Clouds Over GSDNP

 

Sand Devil at GSDNP

Sand Devil at GSDNP

 

Dark Shadows at GSDNP

Dark Shadows at GSDNP

 

Medano Creek

Medano Creek

 

Orange Sunset at GSDNP

Orange Sunset at GSDNP

 

Sunset Glow at GSDNP

Sunset Glow at GSDNP

 

At Marie’s I put together a plan for my next trip:  making the 3,000-mile drive to Alaska, where I’d try to see four of the National Parks I hadn’t yet visited.