Every good adventure starts with a cup of coffee.
Today was a big day for the tribe. As always, we started off in an epic manner with a heap of banana pancakes and sausage. It was quite chilly as we are camping in a high mountain desert and it requires a lot of calories to stay functional.
Prior to leaving, I took a picture of one of the many thousand natives in the irritation ponds nearby. They are also heavily stocked with tilapia, but they are much quieter than the frogs.
We drove into the base of the Sangre De Cristo mountains from our base and into a very unique ecosystem, the Great Sand Dunes of Colorado.
The first thing we did upon arrival is put on ski masks. Very tiny peices of sand can become embedded in the eyes and cause a lot of irritation, especially if the wind is blowing. If you are familiar with Colorado, the sun shines and the wind blows. This microclimate stretches 13 to 15 miles along the base of the mountain rainge
Being a little risky, I tried my hand at sand boarding. I did not do half bad. My Beloved proved to have excellent balance as well.
We are totally landlocked and a beach is mostly foreign to us. Nevertheless, we persued building a sand village.
A river runs above ground early in the year, and in areas, the sand is damp so we also took the opportunity to show Jesus our love for Him.
Life in the high mountain desert is present if you know where to look. This variety of cactus does not bloom for long. I do not believe in luck, but I was fortunate to get this picture.
The desert began to wear on us. Our scalps, noses, ears, eyes, mouths, and clothing where covered with dusty residue. I ate dirt with all of my snacks which I hadto cut in small peices to eat while I wait for my tooth.
The pancakes inspired excellence. The egg salad sandwich above was eggcellent, but it was time for a change.
We got in the car and headed back to base. Stopping for overly overpriced ice cream, we headed to the town of Monte Vista. Surprisingly, there is a wetland wildlife refuge on the outskirts. We did see a few birds, but the landscape really stood out in comparison to the surrounding countryside.
Well, the sun sets and I am preparing to see what the next day will bring!