Since the beginning of summer and the last time you guys heard from me, I have been really busy. As of late, that has consisted of a ton of traveling. Multiple long distance road trips including one in July where I found myself as far north as Idaho and another trip in August where I visited LA. Those experiences definitely opened my eyes. And I enjoyed them immensely. I don't want to get into that too much here, because I have so much to tell you guys about those trips. Which I will post about next. But, it definitely ties into the motive behind this Camping trip at White Sands.
After coming off that exhilarating high of seeing so many new places and learning of new information for the first time, I really wanted to continue pushing myself forward creatively. I felt extremely motivated. Maybe more so than ever before. I want to become great at what I do and actually enjoy the process that goes along with that. Whether I'm moving at breakneck speed or chugging along slow and steady I still need to be consistent. And that means doing a better job of keeping you guys up to date too! I apologize for the long absence. But hey, I'm back now!
Anyways, if you skipped through all that I don't blame you. You were probably just really excited to see what it looks like to camp at one of the most epic places in the world I'm sure! So was I haha. And let me tell you, it was freaking awesome! Definitely kicking myself about not having done this sooner.
I found a week where I was free for a couple days and then started planning it out. I reached out to some homies in Cruces wondering if anyone wanted to join me. It just so happened that the day I planned on going was a new moon and Chris Lang from Organ Mountain Outfitters had already set aside that exact day for the same reason! Perfect. Drove down a couple days early and spent some time exploring the Organ Mountains. Huge shoutout to Zach Andrews and Kobi Shillings for giving me a place to stay.
The day arrived and Chris and I were off. We secured a permit, packed up our bags, arrived at the park around 6pm and hit the trail with about an hour until the sun would start to set.
Chris and I both agreed we couldn't have picked a better day. Summer is practically over so the worst of the heat is behind us and the temperatures haven't dropped too much yet either. We hardly broke a sweat and got to enjoy a beautiful sunset before setting up the tent. Because it was just one night and its illegal to make a fire we only brought the basics with us. A couple of cliff bars, some fruit, and about a gallon of water each. Then we waited for a while until it got dark...
...and spent the next 4 hours chasing the milky way and hiking around the dunes with our trusty headlamps!
Photo by Chris Lang
After hiking around we ventured back to camp and snagged a couple more shots of the tent and crashed out. We managed to get a couple hours of sleep before we were awakened by some powerful winds shaking the tent and the first glow of light on the horizon. We caught sunrise, packed, and then left pretty quick.