White Sands National Monument!

Out of all the many places I’ve visited so far, White Sands National Monument is one of my top ten all time favorite places. This place is truly one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. With miles and miles of glistening white sand dunes, White Sands National Monument is by far, one of the most stunning places in the world.

I remember one day I was at my office desk, working, and I came across an online article about this man who quit his job to road trip around the U.S. Amongst many of the states he visited, White Sands National Monument, was one of them. I remember looking at the photos he took of his time there, and thinking to myself: I want to go there one day. I think it was until then, that I had ever heard of such a place. After minutes of swooning over the images of White Sands, I knew that this place was going on my bucket list!

Fast forward to one year later (which now was 2 years ago), I was able to make the journey to a place I had only seen in photos. When I moved to Oklahoma, back in 2014, my friend and I drove from Texas to Las Cruces, NM, to visit a friend. I had asked her before the trip if we could take a trip to White Sands… and lo and behold, she only lives 50 minutes away, which boded very well in my favor! I don’t really know how to describe White Sands. It’s like trying to describe the Grand Canyon- you can’t. They’re places that you just have to see for yourself. When we arrived to the monument and stepped outside, surrounded by nothing but white sand, I said to myself: I made it, I finally made it.

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This was one of the first photos taken when we arrived. To be able to see more of the sand dunes, we had to climb up that hill, and once we were over it, it was just one gigantic blanket of white sand.

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One of my fondest memories of visiting the monument was getting to see it during sunset. I climbed up to the top of the sand dunes that overlooked miles and miles of other sand dunes. I sat down looking into the horizon and just remember feeling so peaceful. To watch the sun setting and reflecting off the glistening sands, was like no other moment I’ve ever experienced. It was mid July and a warm, evening breeze filled the air, and it was quiet. I sat there, continuously grabbing handfuls of warm sand and letting it slip through my fingers.

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Once we climbed over that hill (mentioned above), this was or view.
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Where there is snow, you go sledding. Where there are hills of sand, you go sledding in the sand!

My friend was telling me that it is a very common thing for kids to do: bring their sleds and go sledding, here. I mean, why not? I can attest and say that sledding in the white sands, really is an amazing experience!

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I loved feeling the sand between my toes.
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Sunset over the dunes.

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Where are some places you’ve been to that you dreamt of for years or months, and finally made it there?