I’m lying in snow, 14,000 feet above sea level on a volcano known as Nevado de Toluca, when I feel warm breath against my hand. Exhale, groan, roll over. It’s a dog, come to investigate my motionless form. “Good dog,” I slur and raise a hand to pat her head. Her name is Maya, I think, and she’s been tagging along with our hiking group since this morning.
A 12-foot polar bear slowly lumbers across the frozen lake. Two heavily bundled children shout gleefully as they bounce each other up and down on a Ouijatotter. College students dance their cares (and thick winter shells) away in a small hut pounding with music. All this and more is par for the course at Minnesota’s Art Shanty Projects, an annual experiment in public art and community.
Thanksgiving weekend 2017; As outdoor adventurer’s who usually stick to pine alpine forests, we had never ventured near the sand dunes of Glamis California in the Imperial Valley in southern California. As more mountain camper/ hikers then sand people we were unprepared for a weekend of dune buggies and sand rails. Let me tell you how, as a Glamis newbie, I discovered how to be prepared for a busy holiday weekend at the Glamis Sand Dunes!
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