As we drove around Arizona we noticed something strange was happening with the time. It seemed like we had entered the twilight zone because one minute it was 1:00 and the next minute it was 2:00. No, I don’t mean we were loosing track of time... the time was literally changing before our eyes! This is because during Daylight Savings Time certain parts of Arizona are in Mountain Time and others are in Pacific. As I was trying to figure out what was going on I read an article online that said, “Arizona’s unusual rules and geography mean someone could drive through three areas and go through two time changes while never leaving the state.” Crazy!
Today we drove one and a half hours to Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. We’ll be staying in the campground there for two nights. Tomorrow we’ll get up before the sun to hike the Narrows Trail in Zion National Park. But, first we had to go play in the sand!
As soon as we dropped our trailer, we grabbed our boards (technically snow boards, but we use them more for sand than snow) and headed out to the dunes. We surveyed the land, found the highest “peak” and set of on a hike to the top of the dune. It was a challenge and a great workout!
Once we got to the top, Jimbo waxed the bottom of the board, got a running start, jumped on the board and then face planted in the sand! (Not the way we pictured it going in our minds, lol!) There were some nice guys from New York that had rented some boards from the visitor center and they offered to let us borrow one of their boards (after they finished laughing). This time Jimbo flew down the side of the dune... It was so much fun! I was able to slide down a few times using our boards, but we learned that wider boards are better for sand dunes.
On our way back to our trailer we ran into our neighbor heading out to the dunes in his buggy. He offered to give us a ride in the dunes. He looked like Ned Flanders from The Simpson’s and had his teen daughter sitting in the front passenger seat holding a little dog, so he seemed like he would be a safe driver. But, he drove like a man man! He went full speed through the sand and up and over the dunes, catching major air! I screamed with delight! It was fun & terrifying at the same time. Glad we survived and thankful to God for sending us that blessing! (I had been wanting to do a dune buggy ride, but they we’re like $150 p/hour to rent.) God is good. Now off to bed, we have an early start tomorrow morning. (I’m so excited, hopefully I’ll be able to sleep!)