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    A Very Good Day

    Today I loaded up the family and took a drive over Medano Pass - which drops into the back of the Great Sand Dunes. It goes over the mountains you see in the background.

    The Great Sand Dunes are the highest in North America; a true phenomenon given their location.



    This time of year, there is a river that runs around the edge of the dunes. It's a product of the melting snow in the high country. You can see it below in this photo. By the end of June it will be gone.



    Before we left, everyone got to play on the massive dunes. Even the hounds.



    The sand was so hot (by 3PM) that my wife literally got blisters on her toes. Roxie and Hank beat the heat by taking a dip. This is the mountain we drove over to get here.

    The trail was well maintained and there were 5 or 6 river crossings so it was a lot of fun.



    On our way out of the National Park, we all hiked up into Zepata Falls and played in the water. It's also run-off from the melting snow and was quite refreshing. You can see (from the chunk of ice) that it's still thawing in some places.



    We were all quite tired by the time we headed home. The pups were beat. It was a good day. A very good day.

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    Looks like a wonderful time! Colorado is so beautiful!
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    It looks like a great time.

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    Fantastic!

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    Never knew those dunes existed. Thanks for the geo lesson, Hanso. Certainly looks like the canines had a good time.....hope you took a few towels!
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    Too funny! We were at the Dunes yesterday, too! My wife's family lives in Alamosa, and we made sure to schedule this trip to catch the river. It was Claire's (my 2.5 year old) first trip to the Dunes. She loved it.

    My wife and I got engaged on a frozen Zapata Falls over Christmas in 1998.

    Looks like you all had a great day.

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    That is playing hard.. Well done Hans!!!

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    Nice!

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    I really need to get out more. Clearly an excellent trip. Thanks for sharing Hans.
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    Rock on, bro. The pups have grown up nicely, too.
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    Looks like a beautiful day in some beautiful country. Awesome!

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    Those dunes look inviting.......quads and dunes make for a killer day!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WEDGE View Post
    Those dunes look inviting.......quads and dunes make for a killer day!
    No quads or rails allowed on this National Monument.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Egads View Post
    Too funny! We were at the Dunes yesterday, too! My wife's family lives in Alamosa, and we made sure to schedule this trip to catch the river. It was Claire's (my 2.5 year old) first trip to the Dunes. She loved it.

    My wife and I got engaged on a frozen Zapata Falls over Christmas in 1998.

    Looks like you all had a great day.
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    Those look like some happy dogs! Great stuff!
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    Wow thanks for sharing Hans, might have to put that one on the places to visit list!

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    Looks like a very good day indeed. I bet that water fall was colder than a witches teet!

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