ROAD TRIP SERIES: BIG DUNE!
My road trip series continues...today we're making a stop at BIG Dune!!!🏜
This one is going to get a bit sandy and a lot crazy because I've got an epic experience to tell you all about. Something that felt straight-out of an episode of survivor. Getting there was a challenge, but the epic sunset, the gorgeous sparkly sky full of stars on the way home and the lunar eclipse were so worth it. Keep reading because you won't want to miss this story!🤗🙉
The journey started somewhat spontaneous! My sister and I decided within a day to head to Big Dune. It's the Amargosa Sand Dunes, which are about 100 miles north of Las Vegas...approximately an hour and a half drive. This location is like discovering the secret "Sahara" because not many people know about it, except for locals. That being said, there was absolutely no one around. Not a single person when we got into a bit of trouble with the car. I'll tell you more next!
So we get ready, pack a few water-bottles (turns out not enough), take all the camera equipment, of course, and around 1 o'clock in the afternoon we start the road trip. Keep in mind...this is our first time going to Big Dune and we don't know much about this place. Well, quickly we learned more than enough! hahaha🤣
Here we go!!! In order to get to these scenic sand dunes, you have to drive through a dirt road. Well, that's exactly what we did except we did it in our Nissan sedan. See where I'm headed with this story?... The front tire of our car got stuck in a sand pit on our way there!
In the beginning the road was fairly good, smooth with rocks and dirt. However, as we drove further, suddenly layers of deep sand appeared. As my sister kept driving, she could sense that it might get dipper. Before we knew it...we were stuck!🙊
All the emotions flooded!!! It was Monday. No one was around. Two girls, stuck in the middle of the desert in scorching hot weather. At that point, it was 3 pm, which is the hottest time to be roaming the desert. Ayyyy Caramba!!! What do we do? We tried pushing the gas a few times, but that dug an even deeper hole around the tire, so the only thing left was to start digging. We got out and got to work!!!
I completely forgot about my make-up, nails, clothes, jewelry. We had no idea how long it would take us to be free, but we had to act fast. Thankfully, my sister (who's more of the car expert than me) got the idea to use the cover board inside the trunk in which we store some essentials and a spare tire. We ripped it out and used it as a platform on which the tire would eventually grip. For that we needed an even surface, so we had to dig the sand until we had a nice even ground. First couple of tries weren't successful as the car got hotter and we got more tired from the sun. However, after a while I found a wooden brick to the side, which helped us a lot with the sand digging. That's when our team-work (dream work) started showing results. We smoothed out every side, around each tire, one pushed, the other one took the wheel. And after around 2 hours of heavy duty desert work, WE DID IT!👏
This was the sweetest celebration everrrrrr! YAYYYY!🥳
We backed-up the car to a safe place and from there walked to the sand dunes for these magical photos. At this point our water ran out, but I feel like we were trained for this. These views kept us feeling grateful and happy that we were there.
The moral of the story is: if you're headed to the Big Dune, be sure you have a 4X4 jeep to take you there. One that will effortlessly pass the off-the road challenging road. Also, carry lots and lots of water. Add double than what you think you'll need.
What do you think of this place? Doesn't it look like we're somewhere in the Sahara desert?
It was absolutely beautiful! I can't wait for our next "sister adventure"!💕
Catch the start of our road trips with the Valley of Fire, if you haven't seen it yet!
See you next time!!!
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