Saturday, April 28, 2012

Mesquite Dunes

Since we were camping at Stovepipe Wells we were in a prime location to go to Mesquite Dunes for sunrise.  We had a little time before we needed to go back to camp, so we scouted out a good peak for our sunrise watch. 

The highest dune (which we did climb) is 100 feet.  On dirt and rock 100 feet isn't very difficult to walk up, but this is soft sand we are talking about, so for every step up you slide down half a step.  Very frustrating.  According to the National Park Service, "This dune field includes three types of dunes: crescent, linear, and star shaped. Polygon-cracked clay of an ancient lakebed forms the floor."  There are also mesquite trees, which is what the dunes are named after.

These photos are from the evening and morning.  The light was so lovely.


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Yes, that pile of sand just came out of my shoes!
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