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Ripples at Kelso

A full weekend of driving with a little photography thrown in.


Had to make a quick 600 mile down and back trip to Laughlin. My wife was hitching a ride with her brother and his son, who were driving to Manteca, in northern California, and they like Laughlin as a halfway point. Oh, and the rooms are only $20 a night, which is another bonus. So we decided we'd meet at the mini gambling mecca along the Colorado River, spend the night, then drive home the next day. They started in Albuquerque, I, started in Los Angeles.


I figured I'd have plenty of time to stop and snap a few shots off at Kelso Dunes, inside the Mojave National Preserve, and just about 20 miles north of I-40, which is only a slight detour off the route to the lovely burg of Laughlin. I'm not a big fan of Laughlin, itself, but my wife won some $$ at the penny slots, so it was a win-win.


I really should have left earlier. I did make it there before sunset, but I didn't make it as far up the dunes to get to the vantage point I really wanted -- but I was fortunate enough to find this little depression where the ripples were pristine, and the sky behind them was blowing up with some nice color.

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Taken on April 8, 2012