Many many times I visited my sister in Colorado, I wanted to go to the Sand Dunes. But I chose this time in the summer to go, in the the hottest kind of weather.
It was a long drive of 300 miles to the National Park in Southern Colorado.
We first visited a nearby waterfall called Zapata Falls 5 miles outside of the Park. It was like an oasis when compared to the far away view of
a desert like sand dunes. Zapata Falls was fed by the snowmelt of the "Sangre de Cristo" range.
We started at 6am to avoid the extreme heat. The sand was wet, due to a big rainstorm the day before. We hiked for about 2.5 hours to what we
believed the highest peak of the dunes - Star Dunes. My nieces were complaining when we were hiking up on the sand dunes. It was difficult
but the reward for them was unbeatable. Slides ... They brought their snow sledge here. One dune at a time, we slowly backtracked and slided
down. It was fun .....
Sunset @ Denver International Airport
Great Sand Dunes from Zapata Falls
Zapata Falls ....
So American, ... why they have to do this ?
To see the falls, we waded through the icy cold water.