Mai and I visited White Sands National Monument on National Public Lands Day. We walked in the pale afternoon on the gypsum sand dunes. I was awestruck by the land and light.
With free admission as part of the celebration, the parking area and picnic grounds were bustling with activity. Families were barbequing, taking photos, and children and adults alike were sledding down the slippery gypsum sands. What a marvelous, festive scene.
If you want silence and solitude, all you have to do is walk westward over the first dune, then another, further yet, new horizons of endless sand appearing over each ridgecrest, and in minutes the white sands have swallowed up all but a few intrepid people. Silence rules.
Walking is great in the park, and so is cycling. White Sands offers full moon bike rides twice a year. Bring the whole family. Catering to cycling and walking like this, the National Park Service is my bike organization of the month for June, 2016 (a little catching up to do). Peace.
Resources: White Sands full moon bike rides