Just west of Alamogordo is White Sands NP - a sea of white gypsum, not sand - in a brown landscape. Sunglasses are
The gypsum is of a very fine texture and is quite unlike beach sand. Being completely dry, it has no adhesive qualities at all, so it doesn't stick to the skin. Not even a little. It also doesn't absorb heat. After hours of direct desert sunlight, it remains cool to the touch.
After driving the park road and making some exploratory excursions among the dunes for future photographic possibilities, I attached the Hamstick to the car, plugged the battery into the FT-891 and started calling CQ.HAMRS and I will definitely keep using it from now on. No more laborious transcription of paper log to PC after the activation - just export the adif file, upload to POTA and LoTW and call it a Day.
I'll be heading back to the park this afternoon (3/17, full moon) for another activation/photography session. Anyone up for EME on 20m phone?