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White Sands Full Moon Night Potluck Social and Hike

Join us for a potluck social! Afterwards, hike out to Alkali Flat during the full moon. This is the night before the official "full moon night," so the park will be closing at 10pm, but most people have greater flexibility on Sun than on Monday for a potluck.

Note: this is different than the National Park Service's "Full Moon Hike", which is much shorter (1 mi), and requires reservation in advance.

Please bring (apart from the obvious, like water):

  • Any necessary paperwork for immigration (there is a checkpoint!)
  • Flashlight (for emergency and trial marker locating purposes only, please don't use it and walk by moonlight instead)
  • A potassium-containing snack (i.e. banana) — going up & down dunes is tiring, and we don't want to take too long.
  • Folding chair or blanket to sit on.
  • A dish and/or drink to share during the potluck.

Because we rather focus on socializing and hiking rather than cooking, we are not bringing charcoal or a grill—please bring something to the potluck that tastes good cold! When you RSVP, list what you are bringing. We will plan on parking at the Alkali Flats trailhead and setting up the potluck on one of the surrounding dunes, so we won't have to move the cars.

Also, alcohol is allowed, though the park strongly urges you to be responsible about glass. If you'd like, feel free to bring a bottle of wine or case of beer to share.

If you are a guest of the United States (i.e. non-citizen), there is a US Customs & Border Patrol checkpoint demarcating passage to/from what the ACLU calls a "Constitution-Free Zone". If this bothers you, donating to the ACLU and harassing your congress critters; otherwise please bring appropriate documentation of your entry into the US (passports, visas, etc—you know better what you need than we do). Group hikes are not the place to make a stand for your civil liberties.

If you're hiking, details for the hike:

DISTANCE is is ~5 mi loop.

ELEVATION GAIN is some 200 ft elevation lost, but effectively it is much more because of the up & down of the dunes

FEES: $3/person. If you have a Federal Lands Pass, please bring them; they are accepted here.

DURATION: From before sunset (~6:30-7 pm) to whenever we get back (have to be done and out of park by 10pm). We will start hiking no later than 7:00.

PET FRIENDLY? Yes. Pets pets must be on a leash or physically restrained at all times (park rules).

SKILL LEVEL is good for a first hike, but still somewhat challenging; the sand is loose and the hike is medium-length (5 mi).

TERRAIN gypsum sand dunes. The recommendation is that you walk barefoot; otherwise, high-ankle boots/shoes with gaiters (to keep sand out of your shoes) also work great.

WEATHER is ???. It will be warm when we arrive at 5:30 but will cool off very quickly by sunset. (will up-date conditions when gets closer to date.)

AFTERWARDS we'll go home. It's probably too late to do anything else.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Yubao, thank you for always having my back. You know I have always had yours and the group's.

    July 22, 2013

    • Yubao

      you are very welcome, Robert, in hikes, we grow together individually and as a group. In a bit of over two years of hiking with the group, after a hundred over hikes, I personally have grown from a beginner to a very advanced hiker, I appreciate this group so much, and my only wish for this group I'd it goes strong.

      July 22, 2013

    • Yubao

      And I'm sure you feel the same way.

      July 22, 2013

  • Pauline M.

    had a great time, fun people and beautiful land scape

    July 22, 2013

  • Raena

    Thanks everyone for the wonderful food, drinks, and hike! It was a beautiful evening and I was glad to have everyone there to enjoy it with. If you took pictures you would like to share please post them to the site.

    July 22, 2013

  • Yubao

    And, oh, by gosh, I do sacrifice my self for the group. A hike I could easily do in 4, 5 hours, might easily stretch to over 10 hours for a group hike. And if that's not sacrificing oneself, well, then I do not know what is.
    Anyway, I will get off my high horse here, and stop rambling on like a ridiculous parent, and sum what I meant to say up: Good leadership is to be a part of the group, have fun with the group, be responsible for oneself, and to extend self responsibility, be responsible for others.
    Personally, I am very happy the group is very active, and we are having a lot of successful hikes and social outings, like this particular White Sands one. I am so happy that I don't have a problem to merrily "deign" myself and be part of it.

    July 22, 2013

  • Yubao

    Good leadership starts being a very active member of the community, instead of riding a high horse, staying above everybody else. You are right, good leadership means taking precautions. More important though, good leadership means, we watch out for each other, and, if anything unexpected happens, we have each others back. A good example is, one time, with the combination of fatigue and a tall glass of strong stuff, I could not drive, and stayed behind. Samat knew the situation and he came back to check me out, and gave me a ride home.
    I know I am not the paradigm of a hike leader, with my reputation of doing all these ridiculous hikes and all, but I do watch out for other fellow hikers, I carry stuff in my backpack for all kinds of unexpected situations. And I am mentally prepared, if it comes absolute necessary, to carry a hiker out on my very own back.

    July 22, 2013

  • Yubao

    Robert, I tried to refrain from commenting on your comment. Having a glass or two, or a whole bottle (of beer), is a sin, I agree. Think about this, the United States has some of the strictest alcohol laws, and a high alcoholic population. And also, in this country, the most alcoholic states are usually not because there are no laws restricting alcohol consumption.
    One lesson repeated indefinite times in the whole human civilization process is, high moral stands is usually not the solution.
    It's all good to lead a self-disciplined, puritanical life, but let other people have their own choices. and that's my very crude, simplistic way of understanding the word "freedom".

    July 22, 2013

  • Sandra M.

    Awsome!!! Wow!!!

    July 22, 2013

  • Sandra M.

    Will be at the Kmart parking lot at 4:30. Want to make sure we are still meeting there

    1 · July 21, 2013

    • Raena

      Yes. I am meeting people at kmart at 4:30. Please remember to compensate your driver if you carpool.

      July 21, 2013

  • Carol E.

    I will meet everyone at the white sands parking lot at 5:30

    July 21, 2013

  • Pauline M.

    will bring hummus and chips

    July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Samat, you make a valid point. Endurance, coordination,and above all, good judgement, are very important for a safe and successful hike. I hope the leader/group can make the right call when the time comes. Been there, seen that. Not pretty, and from so-called "adults". "A good patrol/hike is one where everyone comes back, and in one piece. It is not a guarantee, but you CAN do things to improve your odds."

    July 21, 2013

  • Samat

    Bringing (very hot) vegetarian chile, strawberry soda, chips. Haha w/ all this liquor how much hiking are people going to be doing?

    July 20, 2013

    • Samat

      CHILI not chile.

      July 20, 2013

  • steven

    will meet at visitors center will bring some wine

    July 20, 2013

  • Mike F.

    Last minute yes. I'll probably bring non-alcoholic bev's.

    1 · July 20, 2013

  • Dawn

    Fruit salad!!!

    July 20, 2013

  • Sandra M.

    Chips ? Baked ? Kind of healthy chips?

    1 · July 20, 2013

  • Sandra M.

    I have no idea what to take

    July 20, 2013

  • Andy S.

    case of Beer and a bottle of wine. I'm There

    July 20, 2013

  • Yubao

    Im bringing a zucchini cake and some fermented grape juice.

    July 19, 2013

    • Raena

      Do you have any paper goods you can bring from the last full moon potluck?

      July 19, 2013

    • Yubao

      Yup. I'll bring some plates, napkins and forks.

      July 20, 2013

  • Carol E.

    I will bring a potato salad. Made with mustard and a bottle of wine

    July 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI to those who haven't been out to White Sands National in awhile or never been: they accept either cash or credit card for the entrance fee

    July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to do this, but I am scheduled to work to 7PM, and wouldn't get out there until after 9, being as I need to eat diner. Is anyone interested in Monday?

    July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. Out of town 15-24so july. Have fun!

    July 15, 2013

  • Yubao

    Depends on whether the Nogal Peak adventure ends on time or not. And if it does, I will meet you guys at trailhead.

    July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't be able to participate the potluck... Will arrive at the trailhead for hiking at 6:30pm

    July 15, 2013

  • Raena

    I will bring a spanish tortilla or a quiche and some beer (or maybe sangria).

    1 · July 15, 2013

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