It’s always a breath of fresh air to get deep into the mountains, far away from all the hustle and bustle of the city.
This past weekend we stayed in our favorite Airbnb to date! It was a simple adobe home, with an amazing greenhouse, loads of solar panels, and plenty of breathing room. It might just be our dream house!
It was located very near the Great Sand Dunes National Park, so obviously we had to go visit. We packed some simple snacks and made the short drive to the dunes.
It was such a strange sensation walking on sand with no beach in sight. The sand was so soft underfoot and luckily, because it was October, the sand was cool enough to enjoy barefoot.
The dunes are mountains of pure sand, and climbing those mountains is harder than it looks, every step felt like one step up and two slides down... Unlucky for us, it was also quite windy that day, so our midday snacks ended up with a little extra crunch, to say the least. Unsurprisingly, sand was EVERYWHERE.
But the experience was well worth the effort. 10/10 would recommend exploring the Great Sand Dunes! We ended the day with a beer and a snack at the San Luis Valley Brewing Company. Another great spot.
Later that day we encountered the first snowfall of the season! So on the final morning of our stay, we woke up to beautifully snow-capped mountains draped in low-lying clouds. A wonderful sight to just sit and admire.
Clearly the air held a chill, which provided the inspiration for our next recipe - Lemongrass Butternut Squash Soup. We’ve created a lot of squash recipes lately, but hey, it’s fall, and peak squash season means it’s the absolute best time to use them!
The sand dunes are pretty cool experience. And October is one of the best times to see them, because you can walk in the sand barefoot without burning your feet.
Have you been to the Great Sand Dunes National Park? What is your favorite memory? Comment below and let us know - we’d love to hear your story!