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In the distance can be seen the white sands. The national monument is only part of this vast desert.
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Initial entry into the monument isn't too spectacular. The sand was dirty, like dirty snow and there were plants growing everwhere.
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Soon, however, the dunes began to grow higher, although there were flowers on some of the shrubs.
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Some areas were off-limits for walking in.
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Grandma Bert poses on the nature trail in White Sands National Monument.
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There was a variety of wildflowers that bloomed in the hot desert sun.
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This plant is called Little Blue Stem.
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Alkali Sacaton, a widespread grass found in alkaline soils.
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Torrey's Jointfir.
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These long "bumps" are not tracks from a car, but Cyanobacteria, a woven mat of organisms living on the soil surface. It adds nutrients to the soil so the plants can survive.
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Grandpa Roy poses on the boardwalk nature trail in White Sands National Monument.
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Further along the road, the sands really grew very white.
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Some dunes were over 20 feet high. Because the sand is so light and drifted just like snow, it had to be plowed, as can be seen in this photo where it actually looks like plowed snow.
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A man walks across a dune in Grandma Bert's photo.
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More people walking across the dunes.
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Vistors can rent saucer sleds and slide down the dunes.
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Grandma Bert gives a good idea of how high the dunes can grow. The sand is pure white, except when it gets dirty when plowed.
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Every now and then there were picnic areas, built so as to remain shaded for as long as possible during the day.
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A large area that has been plowed so visitors may park and walk the dunes or slide down them on saucer sleds.