Great Sand Dunes National Park

Noël and I took a trip to Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.
 The dunes rest at the foot of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo range.
 It was a five hour drive there on I-25, but on the way back  we took the more
scenic U.S. 285 through Leadville. It was a fun trip, but unfortunately we missed the aspen change color.

Spanish Peaks
 near Walsenburg.
Blanca Peak The dunes!

Sand Dunes Natl. Park Crestones behind the dunes I set up our desert fortress. The view behind us. The dunes call from our campsite

We soon become lost. Noël becomes delirious. Noel says she
 has found the
 way. I fear she
 has lost too
 much water. I
 abandon her.
The bright sun
 sears my eyes as I ascend.
All is lost until... I see a way out!

It turns out the dunes are easy to escape. I plan my retreat. The sun sets in
 disgust at my
I follow a tiny
trail back to
the campsite.
 Against all odds,
 Noël fought off
 thirst and a
 particularly nasty
 kangaroo mouse to
 survive. Artist's rendition of event.

Driving home through the San Luis valley Near Buena Vista Leadville, the highest city (not town) in the U.S.  at 10,200 ft.

Mt Elbert, highest mountain in CO. Driving past the Climax mine at Fremont pass on the way home.