Elizabeth Anne VanderPutten
Play Time at White
A popular activity at White Sands
is sledding down dunes.
Disc sleds, like the red one Elizabeth holds,
can be rented for the day at the Visitors Center.
Some people bring their own sleds. And many kids
of all ages simply use cardboard boxes.
Unlike snow, sand is not slippery, so sledding
is work, as Elizabeth discovered.
A bar of wax came with the rental sled. We used
a lot of it.
One needs a steep slope in order for gravity
take the work out of sledding. And that can be scary because of
the sharp angle at the bottom where the dune slope meets the