The temperature on the dashboard reads 88 degrees. You shake your head because you can’t wrap your mind around what your eyes tell you. You are driving in a blizzard and drifts cover the lane ahead…
Welcome to the White Sands of New Mexico. When we arrived in Delta Flyer, it was merely a national monument. Soon after, it was promoted to National Park.
RVoyager Camped at Hacienda RV Resort
- Super hot tub
- Good wifi
We begin most of our NPS sessions by getting our passport book stamped, watching the video and learning from interactives at the Visitor Center.
Some White Sands facts that stood out:
- The boundaries of the sands of White Sands are ever shifting
- The only stable hillocks form because the plant on top rooted to defend against that constant movement
- Other plant strategies are grow fast and/or tall
- Animals survive by adapting, like the salamander evolved white skin
- The sand isn’t sand but gypsum
Next, we drove to the short boardwalk trail.
We snapped a few shots but life there really is sparse. Unless you count the people who did not speak English and therefore could not read the sign forbidding them to do exactly what they did: climb off the boardwalk and walk around, trampling precious plant life.
Further along the scenic drive we encountered people heading out to sled the dunes — in the designated area. There, Bill enjoyed a climb to the top of a dune.
We loved attempting tricky snow mirage pics, but for the most part, WSNP is not photogenic. We discovered that the sand up close wasn’t that white, while the shots we aimed into blowing gypsum tinted grayish or pinkish.