Saturday, January 13, 2007

Glamis Dunes

Well, today we went in search of the Glamis Dunes. These dunes are on I-8 past Yuma into California. You can see them for miles as you approach, but nothing prepares you for the site itself. This is where some scenes from Star Wars and other movies requiring "sand" were filmed. They are just truly spectacular. We continued on I-8 to another exit west. They really don't continue far to the west, but you can turn back north, then cross them on the road to Glamis. There is an overlook there where you get a really good view of the dunes. There were a lot of 4-wheelers and dune buggies out there. It looked like so much fun. The sand is really clean and I just wanted to run down from the top! Hah. We turned back to I-8 on a "road" which we were told would save us 25 miles over the other route. What the guy DIDN'T tell us is that the 22 mile shortcut had a maximum speed of 15 mph. . . yeh, you do the math. And 15 was the fastest you could take the road. It was a washboard with washes every 600 feet or so. It took us 1 1/2 hours to go 22 miles. Ugh. But we did get good views of the dune to our west and all the various campgrounds/sites where people parked and used as base points. It was really neat.

Till next time. . .



Janice and Dean said...

That looks interesting. We will have to check it out while here in Yuma. It's nice having friends a little ahead of us to check into all the neat things to see!

Dale said...

They really are spectacular. . . no other word to describe them.