Road Trip to Washington! Coral Pink Sand Dunes

Just a warning, there are a lot of photos in this post. Probably 50. It was just such an amazing place and we were there for so long, I couldn’t keep my finger off the shutter!

Just like anywhere we go, the big kids ran off the second they got out of the car while I trailed behind a ways waiting for Ember who insisted on walking the entire time. PhotobucketPhotobucket

I had it in my head to have a short talk with them before hand about throwing sand (not to do it, ha) but totally forgot and it was one of the very first things they did. I could see an all out sand fight quivering under the surface of their sibling relationship so had an immediate “no throwing sand” talk with them! Photobucket

I was 100% ok with them picking it up and letting it blow away in the breeze. They actually did really good, they didn’t even attempt to throw sand at each other again. Photobucket

The weather was so perfect that day. PhotobucketPhotobucket

My kids, raised in hot climates, are so desperate for snow activities. They’ve seen kids/animals making snow angels on TV shows and longed to do the same. The sand seemed like the next best thing and within five minutes they’d all attempted a sand angel. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

W eeee! Rolling down the hill. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Do you see the dots in the distance? Those dots are my children. They asked if they could go ahead and I said yes. That might’ve been a mistake. Photobucket

It was just after this photo that I hollered to them to get back near me. Not because I minded that they were out far away from me but because there were a lot of 4 wheelers on the big hill and it freaked me out. Too dangerous for people to be running over there. (This was taken zoomed in!) PhotobucketPhotobucket

Ember had stayed back with me. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

I really love this picture of Sierra. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

And I really love this one of Brooklyn. All that wide open space to run was so good for that girl. PhotobucketPhotobucket

Ember got silly with the sand for attention. Photobucket

First bent over and put her head in it. Photobucket

Then saw Payson pretend to eat it, and thought he really did eat it. Photobucket

So did the same. Photobucket

And didn’t enjoy that much. haha Photobucket

We decided to walk to another hill a ways away. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

It was really hard to walk in all the sand. I imagine if I lived near the dunes and went on a walk through there every day I’d lose a lot of weight and have some pretty major calves. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Before we got to the dunes I figured my kids would get covered head to toe in sand and was ok with that. And good thing I was because they did indeed get covered head to toe. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket


I’m a color photography girl for the most part but these sand dunes pictures were so awesome in black and white. I edited most of them black and white along with color because they look SO COOL. I’ll probably print some black and white ones for our house. (After we move anyway) PhotobucketPhotobucket

I asked them for one quick group picture before we left and this is the best I got. The dunes were too fun to sit still long for a picture. Photobucket

The three older kids ran far ahead of me, yet again. Ember was throwing a major fit about being held but the uphill-in-the-sand walk back was taking her forEVER. It would have taken over an hour to walk back if I’d waited for her. At least. So I finally just picked her up and walked the giant hill back with her crying and squirming the whole time. The people at the look out point watched us a lot and that was embarrassing. And I about passed out once we got to the top because that was a LOT of work. Photobucket

We watched the sunset from the look out point. PhotobucketPhotobucket

She was crying because I hadn’t let her run back down that giant hill! haha PhotobucketPhotobucket

And had a picnic there before driving on towards the hotel. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

One thought on “Road Trip to Washington! Coral Pink Sand Dunes

  • These are all SO GORGEOUS! I wish I could go someplace like that with my kids. This is the first of your vacation posts I've looked at so I'll probably be able to answer my own question pretty soon 😉 but how did you keep from freaking out while you were alone, road-tripping with four kids?!? I can manage to take my 4 to my parents' house which is about 3 hours away, but any farther than that and I'd be sitting on the side of the road crying and ripping my hair out!

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