A very cool geological formation called Sand Roses exist here under a certain portion of the desert a few hours from our house. We have wanted to go and dig for the "roses" since we got here, and we finally went last weekend. It took us a while to find it, but once we found the rusted-out, upside-down car, we hit the jackpot. Literally. Holes everywhere in this one area with roses already taken out of the ground. Dale insisted on starting his own hole in a different area as he didn't want to cheat. Notice the rusted car in the background.
The trip was great for the kids as there was pretty instant gratification in finding the roses. Once you dug about waist deep, you could feel around with your fingers and wedge them out. They are pretty fabulous to see.
And then, the camels came to play. They were completely enamored with our group and super friendly. I love them so very much, but I do have this fear they will spit on me. I'm starting to think that is just not true as we see them all the time, and they never spit. Their herder also loved hanging out with us for a while.
We brought home about 15 of those beauties and cleaned the sand out of the grooves to display all their loveliness. I'm sure this will be a yearly trip for us.