Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Field Trip III
Rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin is one of the world's great natural wonders - the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Here, great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert and created the world's largest gypsum dune field.
We made friends with a family from Kansas who was camping out of their cargo van. The little boy had a green hat with a red feather. HE HAD NO VOICE MODULATION EVERYTHING HE SAID WAS LIKE THIS!!!!! Jason borrowed his sled and went down the dune. Then he and his dad buried the boy. The mom had on a Disneyland t-shirt and a pair of high-waisted, acid wash sweat pants. She told us about when she used to ride in a motorcycle gang, and the dad told us about his tree business in Kansas, and the gigantic slingshot he uses.
Their little dog Pearl. Pearl was a trooper. She kept running up and down that thing. The sand is so soft and deep, it's like walking in water. We all took off our shoes.
*** If you want a postcard, there's still time to email me. I thought I wouldn't have internet access today, but I will. We leave tomorrow morning.