as-salaam aleikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I went dune bashing with my husband yesterday and I will post some desert photos in my next post inshallah.
I just wanted to share a little bit I discovered today. I have heard that there are sand dunes in one place in Colorado. I have never been there, and neither have any of my friends/family. I had not thought about it for years now and just decided to search online about it this morning.
I am in awe with the photos I saw. Who would have thought there would be sand dunes in the state famous for its mountains, Aspen trees, and Rocky Mountain National Park--full of lush vegetation, river, lakes, and animals.
I was imagining the area would be really tiny but I discovered it is a substantial. Some of the wildlife include Wild Bison, Elk, Pronghorn, and Migratory SandHill Cranes. In the winter you can ski on the snow-covered sand dunes with no trees to obstruct your runs (there is one photo here of the snow covered dunes)! Mashallah!
While I was first looking at the photos I actually got really teary eyed-- my home state is just so BEAUTIFUL Mashallah and I miss it so much!! Inshallah I will be going to visit my family later in the summer :)
Here are some photos--I only chose photos that have views of the dunes, the whole area is surrounded by so much nature, mountains, lakes, rivers, etc... for more photos see: Photos (all photos are courtesy of NPS Photo):
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
(by the way, The traditional Ute word for the Great Sand Dunes is Sowapophe-uvehe, "the land that moves back and forth.")