Friday, February 16, 2018

Singing Sand

Hike track link

Fringe toed lizard

We were off to meet friends down at the Colorado River for a weekend of camaraderie and birding.  What to do along the way?  My first thought was more birding.  After looking at the birding options, I quickly switched to hiking and Kelso Dunes caught my eye.  According to various internet sources the dunes reach 650' and cover 45 square miles.  We would explore a mere fraction of the total dune complex and focus our time on climbing to the top of the highest dune and then sliding down to see if we could get the dune to "sing" to us.  Sing you might ask?  Yes, when conditions are right the dunes make sounds when you walk on them.  Conditions were right and we got to hear the dunes sing.  It was amazingly fun and definitely worth the hike to the top.

A couple of you tube videos with sounds of the sand:

On the way home we stopped at the Blythe Intaglios.

For a nice site that includes overhead photos try:

Other web site with overhead photos.

1 comment:

  1. Cool. Love the sand tracks on the dunes early in the morning. The intaglios are fascinating. We should go together sometime.