Sunday, September 9, 2012

Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

This weekend Jeff, Lara (Jeff’s cousin who is staying with us for a few months while she completes an internship), the dogs, and I headed about 4 hours south of Denver, Colorado to the Great Sand Dunes National Park (we left Saturday morning after Jeff and I got in a 15 miler).
GSD NP LocationThe Great Sand Dunes are the tallest dunes in North America at 750 feet and are very impressive.  They are located in the San Luis Valley surrounded by two mountain ranges; the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the north and east and the San Juan Mountains to the West.  The views were gorgeous.IMG_2883The weather was great and we car camped in the National Park within walking distance of the dunes.  Saturday night we enjoyed some good brews, foil dinners, wine, and S’mores around the campfire.
camp1 camp2 Sunday we woke up to blue skies and immediately headed up the sand dunes.  The weather was in the upper 60s, perfect for hiking!
dunes1 IMG_2933 And of course, we took some hilariously awesome photos along the way:
dunes2 Jump photos NEVER get old. 
dunes3 Neither does running full speed down a sand dune.
dunes4It was a quick trip, but so much fun!  It was great scenery and even better company.  Jeff and I are very lucky to have Lara staying with us until the end of October, she makes these weekend adventures (or really anytime) exponentially more fun and entertaining! 


runaroundaroo said...

Those are some seriously awesome photos! Looks like a blast!

Jean said...

I agree those photos are amazing. How do you take them? What camera are you using? So glad you had time to relax and have fun!

CentsibleRunner said...

Thanks for the compliments on the photos.... its easy to take good photos when you are in beautiful places. My camera is just your $100 variety point and shoot Cannon.

Jump photos are really fun, you should see the outtakes. Once you get the timing and know where to do them, they are really easy and extremely entertaining. We were laughing the whole time. BUT we are sore from all the leaping in the sand.

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