I took at trip out to Great Sand Dunes National Park. Plan was to camp two nights, get some sunrise and sunset shots and explore the dunes and the mountains surrounding it. Yeah, that didn't happen. The drive from my house to the BLM campground was 4 hours and 15 minutes. the last 25 minutes of that drive is off-road on a curvy, snow packed, unplowed path. The problem with that is that I have a 2WD Toyota Tacoma. I know I know, why in the world would I waste money on a 2WD truck. The time I purchased it, I was living in Long Beach, CA, there was no need for a 4WD truck there. Fast forward to an unexpected move to Colorado, and here I am. I was slipping and sliding everywhere, but gratefully made it up to the top. Unfortunately, 50 feet from the campground entrance I got stuck in deep snow. I jumped out of my truck, walked to the campground and saw that it was empty. I probably could've trudged my way through to a campsite, but I knew it was supposed to snow much more that night and the following day. I didn't want to chance getting stuck by myself, on a mountain in snow that my truck could not drive out of. So, defeatedly, I made the choice to forego camping on this trip. 

"I might as well catch the sunset on the dunes, so the trip isn't a complete waste." I thought. I make my way to the park and find one single car in the parking lot. It's 4:50pm about twenty minutes until sunset. I know there is no way I can climb or even sprint up the dunes in time, so I just prayed that there was going to be something to shoot. By the time I got the dog ready to go, grabbed and checked my camera bag, it was already past five. I walked about 100 yards, saw a fallen tree in the middle of the sand field and figured this was as good as it was going to get for me. I got about six shots out before the storm hit. What felt like tornado force winds blew sand and snow across the dunes. The wind was strong, and made walking back to the truck difficult with some stumbles along the way. 

Once we were back into the safety of the truck, it was time to go back home. It ended up being a 9 hour road trip where I spent 10 minutes at the dunes. Crazy, but sometimes, you've just got to go with the flow of things, and make the best out of what you have. I'll be going back to the Sand Dunes soon, you better believe that.

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