Had to make a quick 600 mile down and back trip to Laughlin. My wife was hitching a ride with her brother and his down, who were driving to Manteca, in northern California, and they like Laughlin as a halfway point. Oh, and the rooms are only $20 a night, which is another bonus. So we decided we'd meet at the mini gambling mecca along the Colorado River, spend the night, then drive home the next day. They started in Albuquerque, I started in Los Angeles.
I figured I'd have plenty of time to stop and snap a few shots off at Kelso Dunes, inside the Mojave National Preserve, and just about 20 miles north of I-40, which is only a slight detour off the route to the lovely burg of Laughlin.
I really should have left earlier. I did make it there before sunset, but I didn't make it as far up the dunes to get to the vantage point I really wanted -- the big dune in the distance, but I was fortunate enough to find this little area where the ripples were pristine, and the clouds and sky were interesting. Once the sun slipped behind the dunes to the west, this light show was gone, but the sky was blowing up and I scrambled to find smaller interesting areas of pristine ripples..