Drive-By America: Day 10 – Sand, Snow, and UFOs
Just another boring day of waking up in a car that’s frozen from the inside at 5:30am to trek 3 miles through the snow, up the tallest sand dunes in the world (750ft), in 5 degrees fahrenheit. Now I know this all sounds like a walk in the park (you probably do it a few times a week just to keep your heart rate up), but remember, the wind stole my gloves last night, and my camera equipment is all made of metal. But there’s nothing like adrenaline to keep you warm, though apparently adrenaline doesn’t reach my fingertips too well. Despite our bodies’ cries for help, we continued to race to the top of the highest dune only to find out there was a higher one behind it, and another behind that. Eventually, we did make it to the top, where the sun was finally high enough to light up the peak of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains behind them. As every photographer knows, there’s only one thing to do when you reach a view as grand and breathtaking as this…
As we continued our back road journey towards Twin Lakes, we happened upon what must be the most “American” roadside attraction we’ve seen yet. Right smack in the middle of the town of Hooper, in the Mysterious Valley, along none other than The Cosmic Highway, we followed a series of mysterious long green painted bony fingers to a real life UFO watchtower! Let me say, I’ve always been a skeptic, but now…I believe.
We made a nice long stop at the Buffalo Bar & Grill for some slide-right-off-the-bone ribs, and continued on to our final destination at Twin Lakes, where hopefully the water will be still enough in the morning to reflect Mt. Elbert, the tallest mountain in Colorado.
Sweet Dreams and Happy Travels,