Great Sand Dunes National Park

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Blue Mesa Reservoir.......the Gunnison River just before Black Canyon......Lots of water in the canyon and supposedly great snowfall this year, why so
Blue Mesa Reservoir.......the Gunnison River just before Black Canyon......Lots of water in the canyon and supposedly great snowfall this year, why so
Gunnison River at top end of lake.
Gunnison River at top end of lake.
Just pretty high country along the way....Hwy 114
Just pretty high country along the way....Hwy 114
Just looking.........
Just looking.........
Ah, the welcoming committee at Great Sand Dunes....they were just browsing in the campground.
Ah, the welcoming committee at Great Sand Dunes....they were just browsing in the campground.
Looking out the rig doorway......we could watch the light change.
Looking out the rig doorway......we could watch the light change.
The shadows and the clouds were so quick to change.
The shadows and the clouds were so quick to change.
We went for a hike, and the clouds came down to find us.
We went for a hike, and the clouds came down to find us.
The dunes back up to 5 different 14 peaks.
The dunes back up to 5 different 14 peaks.
And then the clouds were gone.
And then the clouds were gone.
More dunes from the rig door.
More dunes from the rig door.
Great place to just sit and watch.
Great place to just sit and watch.
Ah, but eventually,
Ah, but eventually,
I convinced Dick to go closer.
I convinced Dick to go closer.
One has to wade the creek first.
One has to wade the creek first.
A very wide creek.
A very wide creek.
By the time we got to the dunes, the weather changed again........WIND!
By the time we got to the dunes, the weather changed again........WIND!
Look closely
Look closely
and you can see the wind blowing sand.
and you can see the wind blowing sand.
Waves of sand.
Waves of sand.
Interesting patterns.
Interesting patterns.
Very different from those in White Sands.
Very different from those in White Sands.
The wind kept blowing.
The wind kept blowing.
We were glad it was coming from behind us as sand pelted the back of our legs.
We were glad it was coming from behind us as sand pelted the back of our legs.
Lots of wind!
Lots of wind!
If sheltered, it wasn't quite as bad.
If sheltered, it wasn't quite as bad.
More
More
and more.
and more.
Play time
Play time
out of the wind
out of the wind