I wrote on Monday about the epic-ness that is Mojave National Preserve. That post was all about how awesome the ring trail at Hole-in-the-Wall was, but we ended our day with what we thought would be a nice, easy hike in the sand dunes.
What we didn't realize is that the Kelso sand dunes are up to 650 ft. tall at any given time.
For real, this was the most difficult hike I've ever embarked upon. The wind was blowing like crazy and was whipping the sand around, the dunes were shifting, and because I ended uprearing leggings with my ankles exposed, my boots completely filled with sand every few steps. I lost track of the number of times that I wanted to give up and turn around, but I took lots of breaks to breathe, regulate my heart rate and hydrate and with quite a bit of pride, SB and I made it to the top.
... where we were promptly totally and completely sandblasted in the wind and then it only took about 7 minutes to jog/roll/tumble back down the dunes to the car!