We had been driving for a couple of hours and really needed to make a pit stop. About that time, right on the side of the two-lane road, there was a camel. Couldn’t resist that stop. It was actually a little petting zoo with a camel, horses, donkeys, goats, a llama and an ostrich! And the best part… the restrooms were inside the fence! I thought it was a port-a-potty, but once you opened the door, real plumbing inside. There was even a sign that said to be sure to put the lock back on the door because the goats get inside and eat the toilet paper! Cracked me up!
|Ashlee was in heaven!|
|Emilee couldn't get enough of this!|
|Looks a bit crowded!|
Scott picked out a fun-looking dune, we all kicked off our shoes and socks, and the girls raced to the top to start sledding. They waxed up their sleds with the chunk of wax from the gift shop, and they were off! Scott gave them a giant push and… hee-hee, they hardly moved. Too funny! It was different than sledding down snow. They eventually got a good path going and started going down the dune pretty easily. Then we all just lazed around on the sand relaxing and enjoying the sunshine and the breeze!
|Running to the top of the dune|
|Waxing down the sled for some speed|
|And they're off!|
|Maybe a bigger push would help!|
|Surf's up, dude!|
|Daddy getting in on the action|
|A little bit of help from sis|
|This picture needs no words.|
After our dune-sledding adventure, we headed back to the hotel for some down time before going back to White Sands for the ranger-guided “sunset stroll.” About an hour before sunset, we met a guide who took us on a one-hour walk around the dunes pointing out plants and insects along the way. I still wasn’t quick enough to get a lizard picture, but I did get a picture of a bug that, when provoked, sticks it’s back end up and shoots out a liquid that smells like kerosene! Cool! When the ranger finished up, we went back to the van to find a dune of our own to watch the sun set over the mountain. It was absolutely beautiful! God sure does paint a pretty sky!
|Kerosene-shooting bug. I was not this close... super zoom lens!|
|Sunset on the dunes|
|God paints a beautiful sky just for us!|