So we are still in Mojave, California.
Even if you saw dunes before, even if you don’t like them (as I do – with Marina State Beach as the only exclusion from this rule), you will be impressed with Kelso Dunes.
As Wikipedia told, the dune is 120 square kilometers (45 sq miles), including migrating dunes, vegetation stabilized dunes, sand sheets and sand ramps. The same source says that the tallest dune is 650 feet or 200 m.
So the plan for the end of the day (I meant before the night) was to hike to the top of the dune. And it was (as some source told me) mile and the half. But we were late. And it was like 20 mins before the sunset. And no way we could to the top of the dune by the light. No way even on the hard ground!
So we just walk to the higher ground, the higher we can get.
There were so many people (almost as in Death Valley) but in 10 mins I was all alone, and I even didn’t hear anyone. I still saw the human prints on the sand. And I saw animals prints, snakes, some wild foxes, dogs, rabbits. It was so relaxing. Just a few minutes ago I walked surrounded by humans, and now I surrounded with nature only.
And then I met the guy with snowboard 🙂
The place is amazing. And what I like the most is the layer of mountains right on the west. So the setting sun creates a firestorm on that part of the skies! Oh, I cannot stop myself from looking in that direction.
And then the moon raised over the ridge, and I was bought! The purple sky on the east, orange on the west, and above all the beauty is a milky moon. And no one else around you again.
Yes, we were almost the last there. And yes, I wish we had more time there.