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Generally when exploring wild spaces we try to tread lightly–leaving as little impact on the landscape as possible.  On the sand dunes we had a bit more freedom to thrash around since the dunes are constantly shifting and footsteps disappear within a couple hours.  

As a kid, I was fascinated by space. Running on the immaculate soft sand, we felt like astronauts bouncing around on the moon’s surface.

We ran up the tallest peaks and jumped as hard as we could off the top.

At the peak of the jump, we felt a moment of weightlessness.

Spending the day playing in the sand and jumping off the dunes, we felt like a big kids in a giant, adult-sized sandbox.  I was reminded of the simple childhood pleasure of testing gravity by daring to jump off tall structures. But this time there weren’t any teachers or parents around to stop us.