Midland, TX

Trip Start Aug 20, 2011
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Where I stayed
Glen's home (CS)
What I did
White Sands National Monument
Lincoln National Forest

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Today we experienced dramatic changes in weather and landscape. We went from the heat of a desert to snowy mountains (8650ft - 2600m), from a sand storm to a rain and snow storm, from pristine untouched white sand dunes to the endless thousands of rigs pumping black oil.
White Sands National Monument really surpised us. We hesitated to visit this place at first, but changed our minds once we saw the incredibly white dunes in the distance. The sand is mostly made of gypsum, which is snow white. So much fun driving among the dunes! Just as walking up and rolling down from them. Trully an amazing place everyone should visit!
Then we took a longer route through the Lincoln National Forest. I surely did not regret that! As we were climbing the winding mountain roads snow started to fall and soon everything was covered in white. Soon we saw snowplows cleaning slippery road. It was so much fun driving through a winter, on a road surrounded by green tall pine trees, following a narrow creek in the valley, where we saw horses and cows grazing on the narrow farmlands.
Soon we started to descend and the lushy mountain forests disappeared into an empty desert. Wind was very strong, blowing dust and sand all ove the visible horizon.
--Mindaugas


When I saw the first oil rigs it seemed like a peculiar and interesting landscape. Thousands of metal machines rhythmically and relentlessly bending down and up to extract the blood of the earth. As we continued driving through this seemingly never ending farm of the strange metal birds picking the ground a strange mood came over me. I felt as if I was looking at the backstage of our reality. I knew that oil was being pumped out of the ground somewhere in the world but I had never seen it with my own eyes. All the things that I posses are made of oil, packaged in plastic, grown using tractors, irrigation systems, shipped or driven to me from other faraway lands, etc. The car that I was in and driving empowered me to see the wonders of the world, but it was also using oil. It’s been a while since I realized that our society, infrastructure and every single thing we do is built on an energy source that is finite. This was not new to me, this was my reality. However seeing the oil being pumped, disturbing ugliness of the manmade landscape moved me more than I expected. A peculiar sadness came over me and the realization that this reality will not last long and the end will be very painful crept into me. Mindaugas pulled over the car to take a picture of the oil rigs and I sat in the car dumb struck and felt the tears rush to my eyes… But I pulled myself together. I remembered that Mindaugas had a crazy idea for a picture for quite a while but never had a chance to make it a reality. I stepped out of the car smiled and walked up to a gas station… I guess you already saw the picture that was taken at that moment.
--Elena
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