White Sands National Monument7:00 PM
The sand at White Sands National Monument is almost pure gypsum. Gypsum is different from many other rocks because it is readily soluble. That means it will dissolve in water, just like sugar or salt. When rain falls on the mountains, the layers of gypsum start to dissolve, and the gypsum runs down the mountains as fast as the water can carry it. The mountains supply the gypsum. The rain washes the gypsum into the basin. The shape of the basin keeps the gypsum from running into the sea, and the wind breaks up the gypsum crystals into sand grains. via
The visit to the White Sands was probably the highlight of the whole trip for me. I have never seen anything like this before. I have been to the desert several times, but white sand is something else. Its so clean, and magical. If the sun had permitted, I would have just stayed there all day and read books or pen my thoughts. It was the perfect location to do that. Instead, all I managed to do was get severely sun burnt. It took weeks to get rid of that nasty tan. Nonetheless, if you are ever find yourself around El Paso, TX or in New Mexico, you must make a trip down there. It is SO worth it!