White Sands National Monument in New Mexico is where the government tests war machines. missiles, stealth fighters, you know... all that kinda shit. it is also one of the most beautiful places i have even been in my life. i really dig the desert, and this is as deserted as it gets.
the blinding white sand (which is actually gypsum) feels like snow beneath your feet, and it always seemed to feel cool, even in the heat of mid day. it never stuck to anything. as in you could fall down and roll around, get up, shake yourself off, and you would be pretty much clean as a whistle. the campsite was about a mile hike unto the desert, and after the wind storm in the middle of the night, there was no argument as to why you were not allowed to camp on top of the dunes.
shortly after sunset, planes started taking off form the military base near by, which continued until the following morning. shortly after 10:00pm, a huge blast shattered the still, followed by a grand explosion that could only be a missile test. not many things make me nervous, but this was a hell of a jolt.
...and the sunset was as an indescribable spectacular light show that rivaled anything i have even seen. if you have the chance to visit this place, you better.