If you’re going to take a road trip, I believe that you should try to get as much as you possibly can from every single mile. That is exactly how my road trip to Burning Man turned into a week-long venture with daily mini-adventures. I was determined to breathe in as much as I could along the way. That said, my journey really began long before I started mapping out the route. I had set out on a trip to find some peace, clear my head and get away from the monotony of “wake, caffeinate, grind, eat, repeat”. The past two years have been grueling, chocked full of lessons that I wouldn’t take back, but as a small business owner, recovering from a fairly traumatizing injury, dealing with a recent mental health diagnosis, it's been a long build-up leading to the road to Burning Man.
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, a 150,000-acre National Park located in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, is flanked by the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range to its east and the San Juan Mountains to its west. Hundreds of thousands of years ago, the area that is now occupied by the tallest sand dunes in North America was once filled by a lake. As the lake evaporated, it left behind sediments, and the area’s unique geography combined with prevailing winds and sediment redistribution by waters flowing out from the mountains formed the 30-square mile dune field that lends the park its name. There are six types of dunes in the park—Reversing, Star, Parabolic, Barchan, Transverse, Nebkha—and the tallest reaches 755 feet above the valley floor.
So you’ve finally updated your cooler by ditching your cheapo ice chest for something a bit more rugged and capable of ice retention. Congratulations! At this point, you’re probably excited to test out your super cooler’s capabilities claims on an upcoming camping trip, or perhaps you’ve already plopped it on the back porch next to the grill and are getting an early start to BBQ season. But how can you make the most of your super cooler? Breathe easy, because we’re about to drop some ice cold knowledge to get you through summer’s heatwave.
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