Sorry about my lack of posts this week. We have been really busy with the remodel and trying to move. This weekend is the big floor laying weekend and then we have to be moved by the end of the month, so it will be busy around here.
I had a request for a picture of the dunes from last week's post, so here they are. This is my favorite shot of the dunes, although I am disappointed with the blown out corner.
We woke up at 4:30 am to be sure we made it to the top of the dunes by sunrise. There was a chill in the air, and everyone else was huddled in their warm sleeping bags fast asleep. There was no need to brush teeth or comb hair. No one would see us anyways. I threw on some jeans and a t-shirt, pulled my hair back into a ponytail, and stuck a hat on my head. We were ready to go.
We took off our shoes thinking it would be easier to hike the sandy dunes in bare feet. The first part of the hike required a trek across the flat river bed. Sharp stones and the cold ground quickly found shoes back on our feet. The sky was starting to brighten as we made it to the base of the dunes.
Moist, cold sand made the hike easier at first, but as we got higher the dunes became drier. Every step forward made us slip half a step back as sand slid out from under our feet. We could see the top of the dunes. As we made it to the summit we realized it was only an illusion, there was another summit even farther up. This time there was a basin in our way. We had to go down to get back up again. The sky was turning blue and the sun was just behind the mountains. We had to keep going to greet the sunrise.
As we made it to the top we saw a tiny figure walking across the dunes. It was even higher than us, there was even more sand to cross. We had to make it to the top. We couldn't stop now, what would be the point. A chubby little colorless grasshopper was making little tracks in the sand. If he could make it, then we could too. This was it. This was the real summit. As we climbed higher and higher, more and more dunes came into view. The last step opened up a world we had no idea even existed. Mountains surrounding us, and dunes reaching out to them. An amazing view that was worth getting up early to see. The sun slowly rose over the mountains and showered the dunes with light. Shadows danced all around them, joyous for the new day.
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