Storms and Clouds and Dunes, oh my!
After a night of rest I headed west into Colorado. Great Sand Dunes National Park was the destination. I had been to 24 of the national parks so far and I was ready to check the 25th off the list. I packed everything back into my car from the hotel room the night before and headed west. It was about a six hour drive to get there, but I was in no particular rush. Being my second day with the trailer, I was sticking to a self enforced 65mph speed limit when on the highways despite the signed 75mph.
Including a quick stop for lunch, I arrived at the park around 4pm. Being Colorado in the summer, the daily thunderstorms were building as I approached. There is a 14 mile road that leads to the park from the highway. This meant you could see the huge clouds looming in the distance, spewing rain from their most saturated parts. I set up my time lapse rig for a bit before entering the park so I could get some footage of the clouds building over the flat farmlands that give way to it’s entrance.
While my time lapse was lapsing time, I decided to make my dinner. Although there is nothing inside of the Airstream at this point that didn’t stop me from making my first meal in there. I grabbed my camping stove and set it up just inside the door, shielding me from the surrounding winds. It might not have been a gourmet meal but my Trader Joe’s All Natural Uncured Jumbo All Beef Hotdogs would do just fine. (This post is in no way sponsored by Trader Joe’s, although I am open sponsorship talks!) After finishing my haute dogs I packed up the time lapse gear and headed into the park to hopefully get a few shots.
Although they weren’t the most cooperative of conditions for photography, the clouds parted long enough to let a little light through. Zeiss had sent me a few lenses to try out on this trip so I was happy to get a little color while at this epic destination. It is certainly one that I will be heading back to at a later date for some more serious exploration. Tomorrow I would be headed into Colorado Springs to explore the surrounding area and to stay at my first RV park. While in the area I would be headed north to Denver for my 50,000mi tune up on the car so it was reassuring to have a safe place to drop the trailer for a couple of days. For now though I was headed back to a spot on the side of the road I had scouted out earlier to settle in for another night of sleeping in the back of the car.