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New Mexico | Part Two

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White Sands National Park is unlike any place I have visited before. The gypsum sand dunes are surprisingly easy to walk on, and almost have a clay-like texture. You can bring dogs into the park, too, which is awesome…Merle loved running around on the dunes. We obtained a backcountry permit from the visitor’s center, and walked a mile into the sand and set up camp. This allowed us to fully enjoy sunset and sunrise on the dunes. Being that we were at White Sands in January, we settled in for a damp, chilly night. These adventures are always worth it.

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Little tent, lots of sand.

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Settling in for sunset.

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A couple enjoying sunset on the dunes.

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Crazy city light reflecting in the night sky from Alamagordo.

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…then I woke up at the crack of dawn, shook the ice off the tent, and crawled out to witness sunrise over White Sands. This was the first of many great decisions that day.

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Thanks for scrolling through, hope you enjoyed the snaps!

Emily

 

 

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Mt. Zirkel Wilderness

We wandered through the pine and aspen forest that wound through Mt. Zirkel Wilderness. Unfortunately, this area has been greatly devastated by the pine beetle, though the rugged peaks and wildflowers easily pick up the slack. After we settled on a camp that had a wonderful view of the peak, which we named “Twelve-Double-O” *, we enjoyed some afternoon coffee and headed up to Gilpin Lake for some evening fishing. We were surprised to be the only people up at the lake, but were psyched nonetheless. Gilpin Lake is truly one of the most beautiful, pristine lakes I have encountered. Aaron caught tons of trout, and Merle couldn’t contain his excitement as they were reeled in. Back at camp we cooked some of our own freeze-dried pasta bolognese, had a sip of whiskey, pulled back the rain fly and watched the stars until we fell asleep.

In the morning, we packed our things and moved them to safe place while we headed straight up toward Mt. Zirkel. Given the location of our camp, the traditional route was too far away, so we made a slow traverse up the steep valley toward “Twelve-Double-O”. Finally, we hit the ridgeline which led us up the peak, and across another rugged ridgeline to the backside of Mt. Zirkel. Behind the mountain is a beautiful meadow filled with wildflowers and you can see the lowlands of Walden in the distance, as well as smoke from fires raging that way. We eventually scrambled up the boulders to the top of the mountain and enjoyed the summit all to ourselves. From there we spotted Mt. Agnes, which we vowed to come back and attempt next time we are in the area.

Giddy with mountain high, we slid through scree and snow and made our way down the mountain. We grabbed our packs and continued back to Gilpin Lake, where we put our feet in the cool water, snacked, and moseyed on to Gold Creek Lake. We found ourselves a beautiful site near the creek, set up our tent, and let Merle inside to rest—he was so tired. After a while, we headed to Gold Creek Lake, where once again, we found solitude. Aaron caught more fish, and we watched a spectacular sunset light up the sky. The creek hummed our tired minds to sleep.

Once again, we packed our things and hiked 2 miles out to the trailhead. We found gyros in Steamboat, and with full bellies and content minds, we drove east — feeling so happy to call this beautiful state our home.

*The actual name of “Twelve-Double-O” is “Point 12,006″. It’s a pretty impressive peak for such a lack-luster name. Anyway, we actually thought that peak was Mt. Zirkel until we were on it…”ohhhh, Zirkel is over there!”

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