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Monday, July 20

Sandstorm (Darude)


Great Sand Dune National Park
Sand dunes in Colorado??  Isn't Colorado all things John Denver and Rocky Mountains?  Well, yes....and no.  In southern Colorado, waaaaaaay off the beaten path, and shockingly, quite crowded despite this, is a gem of a national park that is widely visited!  Look at that sky? Gorgeous, no?  The history and culture of this area spans The Stone Age through modern Native American peoples, and makes for a great living-history lesson.

After we read the displays at the interpretive center, watched the educational film, and listened to a ranger's fascinating talk on the diversity among the dunes, we set out to conquer that sand!  How hard could this be?  It's only sand, right?

Wrong.  Turns out, It. Was. Hard.  Like killer, borderline heat stroke, height of the afternoon sun (what were we thinking?) no clouds and 106 degrees hard.  I just had to give up about 3/4 of the way to the summit of the main dune's peak.  I insisted they go on because there was no way I could continue.  BUT, the guys had the camera and here they are At The Top.  Pretty cool, huh?

Come in, 1969...
Channeling Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin!

Back at the interpretive/visitor center, the boys got sworn in as junior rangers of 
Great Sand Dun National Park after completing a number of activities, plus hiking and participation in the ranger program.  Here are the dunes from a distance, as  we traveled away from the park and toward Monument Valley, UT/AZ, land of the Navajos, amazing fry bread, the setting of many movies and, of course, immeasurable beauty.

Sand Dune National Park unit

MAKE SAND JARS

  • Baby food jars or other jars
  • colored sand
  1. If not using purchased colored sand, combine the sand with the dry tempera paint. Make a variety of colors. Salt also works for white.
  2. Layer the different colors of sand into the jar. (Using small funnels to put the sand into the jars keep areas neat.) You can also use a straw or kabob stick to 'poke' through desired layers of sand to make designs.
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Today's guest writer, Chris, writes for Campfires & Cleats.  You can find her on Facebook.