We will be leaving New Mexico soon, to journey on back to the east coast, and it makes me prematurely nostalgic for the state I will be leaving. It also makes me realize some awesome locations I have not yet shared, one of them being White Sands New Mexico.
The sands are blown out of a nearby lake, whose bottom is full of gypsum formed when the area was far, far under the sea. Now, originally I wasn’t entirely convinced visiting White Sands was a great idea. After all, the atomic bomb was tested here a month before it was dropped on Japan. Isn’t nuclear fallout supposed to last a really, really, long time? Is it actually safe to be so close to that? But when an inspired family trip brought us there, I was glad I went, if only for the gorgeous pictures achieved because of a white snow-like background.
It truly does feel like you’re staring at a snowy desert, though there is not a bit of snow in sight. It certainly fooled our dog, who ran around scooping up big piles of sand in his mouth and chomping it down the same way he loves to eat snow. (On a further side note, cleaning up white sandy poop the next day was quite a treat.)