September 10, 2018
I am back on my same shenanigans. Senior year is only one week in and I am already ready for fall break.
Taking summer classes was a bit of a bridge between last semester and this but man, do I miss what my life was last semester. If you have been reading my posts for awhile, you know that I do my best at sharing when I am avoiding homework. Today is no different. I have been home from my cross country road trip for nearly two months and have yet to share any of the pictures. So with that, my psych reading can wait but this beautiful place cannot.
If you didn’t already know, in early July I drove one of my best friends from Nashville to Los Angeles. I had always talked about wanting to do a cross country road trip and when this opportunity presented itself, there was no way I was passing it up!
I saw pictures of White Sands a few years ago on Pinterest and it has been on my list ever since. When I told Jaice about it, we both knew it was somewhere we wanted to go but we also knew how long of a haul it would be to get there.
Here is a very quick run down on how long of a haul that really was –
Jaice drove from 4 hours from Ohio to Indiana where she picked me up after class. From there is was a 6 hour drive south to Nashville. Three hours of loading her apartment into her chevy cruise. On the road at 10 pm. Stoped at the Arkansas Welcome Center at 2:45 am to brush our teeth and wake ourselves back up. Another hour of driving. Two hours of “sleeping” in a Days Inn parking lot. By 7am we were back on the road. Spent 4 million years driving across Texas. Got Whataburger. Drove through more of nothing. By the grace of God, safely made it to my friend Celeste’s house in New Mexico at midnight. SLEPT ON A FREAKING COUCH! Went to a farmers market then drove three hours to THE MOST MAGICAL PLACE EVER.
Welcome to White Sands National Monument
Let me tell you something, you have no idea what is going to hit you when you drive into this place. The further you get into the park, the more you feel like you have drove straight off the face of the Earth onto a new planet without even knowing. Jaice and I threw up blankets around the car, changed into our clothes, threw on some makeup, grabbed the camera and started hiking up the dunes.
If I am being honest, these are some of my favorite pictures to have ever come out of my camera and some of the most fun to edit in Lightroom.
If you have never heard of this place, I hope I have peaked your interests enough to at least so some research and maybe add it to your bucket list! Remember if you do go, you are in New Mexico so it is going to be HOT! Research when the park opens and closes and go either at the beginning of the day or the end. Take sleds! Clearly Jaice and I were here for more creative reasons but many people go out to sled down the dunes. You can also go hiking through the park but I wouldn’t recommend if you are inexperienced in hiking. Rumor has it that sunsets here are quite beautiful! We were on a strict time frame and an even stricter budget so we didn’t stay for sunset but you might want to check it out if you have time! Lastly, there is a fee to get into the park. Because Jaice and I had planned on visiting multiple national parks, we bought the year pass so we got in “for free”. If you looking to visit multiple parks as well, I would highly recommend investing the $80 into the national parks pass which you can find here.
I have more posts coming soon over the rest of the road trip so stay tuned for those!
My goal is to take more pictures and share more stories this year so hopefully I stick to that.
If nothing else, I am heading to Israel in a little over a month and I am sure I will have many stories to share from that trip.
Until next time, Morgan