After enjoying the fireworks on Friday I set off to see something I've wanted to check out since I was a little kid. The West Texas Sand Dunes. So I spent the weekend camping out at Monahans Sandhills State Park. It is about a half hour west of Odessa on I20 but it is like a whole other world. Within a mile of driving off the interstate you come across these giant several story tall sand dunes that look more at home in the Sahara than in West Texas. Not only is it one of the most picturesque places I've ever camped but it has nice amenities too. We had parking, a picnic bench, a cover for shade, a grill, plus water and electricity all just at our little campsite (and it only costs $14 to stay overnight!). You can hike for as long as want and even rent sleds to slide down the dunes. I've gone snow sledding up north many times but I don't think it even comes close to sledding down a giant sand dune. They have some great equestrian trails for horseback riding and a visitors center with a nice museum with the history of the dunes and a watching station where you can check out the local birds and wildlife getting water. Or can just sit, relax, crack a cold one, and watch the sand blow over the tops of dunes. It is just crazy to think that if the park service wasn't around to maintain everything everything that was built at the park center would be completely covered in sand in just a year or two.
I highly recommend Sandhills State Park for weekend excursions, and I'm glad I finally got to see the dunes with my own eyes after years first seeing them in an elementary school Texas History textbook.