West of the Guadalupes

PART 1:

The Gypsum Sand Dunes of Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

2.  Walking the Dunes

We are now at the edge of this dune field, and we see in the distance that the highest dunes are on the eastern side, not the western side where we are now, so we start walking:

As we traverse the dunes we notice that they are covered with just a touch of the silica-sand/silt/clay that the wind is also carrying as it passes here, this is different from the much whiter dunes at the White Sands National Monument where this secondary dust coating is minimal:

Some areas like the higher dunes and steep slopes are very white, and here we are happy to follow in someone else's footsteps:

Slowly but surely we approach the higher dunes ahead:

Plant life goes to a lot of trouble to establish itself and stay here:

 

Several times along the way we look back to the west and see the Cornudas Mountains in the distance, mountains we will get closer to tomorrow:

 

To get to the higher dunes we are just following the outer edge of the dune field:

As we round the northern edge of the dune-field, the higher dunes ahead don't look all that much higher than where we are now:

In these next two photos we cover about half the distance to the highest dune in the first photo by the time we take the second photo:

 

Goal is in sight: highest dune--

We get there on the next page, promise!

Go to the Gypsum Sand Dunes of Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

3.  Peak Experience

4.  Denouement

Go to the Cornudas Mountains of Texas and New Mexico

1. Some Geology and Sociology Lessons

2. Cornudas Mountains Highlights

3. Leaving the Cornudas Mountains

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