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Unearthly Earth

May 28, 2019

The usual dilemma – which way to go. Leaving Santa Fe, I could take the shorter route across the Texas panhandle, or go south and then across the wide fat, 856 mile part of Texas. I was scarred by memories of crossing Texas in the RV with my parents when I was younger. It just felt so endless. 

But in the end, I chose the long way for one reason: White Sands, New Mexico. Located near Alamagordo (famous for the first atomic bomb test), the National Monument is 225 square miles of pure white gypsum sand that remains cool to the touch, thanks to water just under the surface. It is inhabitied by white critters – little white birds, tiny pure white lizards.

It was an experience of calm joy like no other. Instant meditation. At first, the dunes appear at a distance from the road, but by the fourth mile in, the road disappears in a drift of hard white sand and it is nothing but whiteness and desert heat and wind as far as one can see.



  1. May 29, 2019 11:41

    definitely on my “go see” list!

  2. May 30, 2019 11:41

    Great directional choice. I always wanted to see White Sands.

  3. June 1, 2019 20:21

    Wow, I had no idea this existed and it looks incredible! Now I have another place to go on my very long list…

  4. Chroma permalink
    June 3, 2019 11:22

    gorgeous photos. what an ethereal looking place.

  5. June 9, 2019 14:06

    I’m really hoping to get myself to White Sands in the next year or so – it looks so magical and everyone I know who has visited says it’s lovely.

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