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sand dunes

Mar 142016
 

No water here, but if oasis means something surrounded by sand dunes, then I think this clump of trees would qualify.  I love going to the desert in the winter.  It’s certainly much cooler and there’s at least a chance of some kind of interesting weather.  There’s so much to explore in Death Valley and one of my favorite attractions are the large sand dunes.  It’s just so hard to find large rolling soft sand dunes in the US.  Got to take advantage of the area, walk up and down, feel the leg muscles work to keep up with the spillage of sand when climbing to the top.  I’m heading to the top.

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Aug 272014
 

These guys are the real thing.  No need to go to the Sahara.  It’s possible to wander for hours if you have the urge without the added fret of getting hopelessly lost.  Head west too far and you’ll run into the Pacific Ocean.  Head east too far and there’s Highway 1.  It’s just so quiet and seemingly remote when walking around if you enter at the right place.  Sometimes all that’s heard is the distant sound of the ocean.  What’s left is the exercise of walking in the sand.  Hard work but worth it.

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Apr 272012
 

Following up from the sand dune post from Oregon, here is a very different set of sand dunes from Death Valley.  Not nearly as all encompassing as in Oregon, the Mesquite dunes near Stovepipe Wells are an awesome set of dunes none-the-less.  I went there fairly close to sunset and just walked around as I love to do.  When the sun was fully set, the horizon color got deeper, contrasting with the deep desert blue of the sky.  Warm and quiet with the softly rounded dunes in the approaching darkness.  The mystery of the desert coming alive.

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Apr 252012
 

The sand dunes of the central Oregon coast stretch for miles.  There aren’t many places anymore where you don’t run into the ever present dune buggy, but when that happens, as happened on an early morning last summer… well, the spaciousness and quiet that mixes with the changing patterns of the dunes is mesmerizing.  I walked around this area for a couple of hours before the buggies woke up.  What a treat.

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Mar 252012
 

Well, they kind of look like a cornfield.  Or a haystack.  Or just an oddly unique part of what is a unique place.  The devil’s cornfield.  Another reference to the devil or death.  Personally, I find it quite alive!  Rich in its uniqueness.  The quiet, resounding.  To open and get lost in the vastness where death turns once again to the beauty of life.

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Dec 132011
 

The sand dunes of the Oregon Coast stretch for quite a few miles, roughly between Florence and North Bend.  I remember fondly camping there with my family as a kid and then bringing my own family and kids there as an adult.  This is one of those places that changes significantly on the one hand and yet is timeless on the other.  These days the dunes are filled with motorized dune buggies and it’s actually hard to find an entry onto the dunes where it’s quiet and remote and the dunes themselves can be experienced in their timeless expanse.  When touring Oregon last summer I was driving south of Florence as it was getting dark.  I was hoping to find some kind of roadside parking spot so I could get onto the dunes before the sun went down and was having trouble finding anything of the sort.  I rounded a bend and drove right by the only pullout I’d seen in miles.  I quickly turned around and parked.  There was only room for 2 cars and no one else was there.  I had to climb straight up a very tall dune to get into the expanse, but when I did, Wow!  A perfect place to explore.  No other people or buggies.  Just me and the vastness of sand and the fading light.

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