Colorful Colorado and beyond…
I live in Colorful Colorado and even though I want to travel the world I have yet to find a place that I would rather live. I thought I would share one of my favorite destinations with you today.
THE GREAT SAND DUNES. Southern Colorado.
Nestled against the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Great Sand Dunes are the tallest dunes in North America. These dunes cover more than 330 square miles.
I braved the harsh wind with Alex and our friend’s daughter. We only made it to the 2nd sand dune! I really don’t know how people make it to the top of the dunes! This picture was taken late in the day, thankfully, or the sand would have been too hot to walk barefoot.
Black and white version with Medano Creek in the foreground.
Parker walking in Medano Creek. It was late in the day, so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. Now, the next day was a different story. It looked more like a crowded Florida beach.
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There was a forest fire all weekend (2010) in the mountains behind the dunes. It was caused by a lightning strike but the Forest Service was doing a controlled burn to rejuvenate the dead forest. We watched at night the red flames flicker in the forest. Luckily we did not smell the smoke from the fire.
Zapata Falls is just a few miles from the Sand Dunes. It is a 1/2 mile hike up to the falls, then you must walk through the freezing cold creek to get the falls located inside a cavern. And when I say “freezing”, I really mean it is bone-chilling-painfully-cold-water!
Hiking up into the falls through the creek. (What is up with the color on this photo? I need a DSLR in a bad way!) Anyway, we went in groups (there was 12 of us total) because the water was so cold we had to stop on rocks to give our feet a break before continuing on into the falls.