An interesting time to visit White Sands National Monument is during a wind storm. The gypsum (it's not really sand) drifts like fine snow. You get ready to step out into this frozen world but then it's about 75 degrees out. My senses were confused. The wind also reduces numbers of other tourists.
Annie didn't think breathing gypsum was a very good idea. She's probably right.
Roots holding on to maintain there little stationary islands in a moving world.