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.
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!
The weather was so perfect that day.
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.
W eeee! Rolling down the hill.
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!)
Ember had stayed back with me.
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)
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.