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Joy today: Sifting the sands of the desert

I’ve got a lot of photos and video to sort through from my trip to the Middle East. These videos are among my favorites that I took.The sand is so fine in the Empty Quarter of the UEA that it traps a lot of air. When you go off-roading on the sand, the air gets released by the pressure of the tires and makes a sound similar to whale songs (or Jurassic Park!).

The sand literally looks like oil paint as it glides down the dunes. The winds were wicked and give the sands a misty quality, as if the stories and souls of the sands are being released.

Naveen Narayanan from Weekends with Albert is driving as we track extreme desert explorer, Max Calderan, through the desert. These videos are completely unedited – just raw footage.

About Christa Avampato

I make a living in business and I make a life as a writer, artist, and yogi. I use my business and storytelling skills to build a better world. My first novel, Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters, will be published in the Fall of 2017 by Thumbkin Prints, a children's and YA imprint of Possibilities Publishing Co. My creative career has stretched across Capitol Hill, Broadway theatre, education, nonprofit fundraising, health and wellness, and Fortune 500 companies in retail, media, and financial services. In every experience, I have used my sense of and respect for elegant design to develop meaningful products, services, program, and events to help people live happier, healthier lives. A recovering multi-tasker, I am a proud alum of UPenn (BA) and the Darden School at UVA (MBA). When not in front of my Mac, I’m on my yoga mat, walking my rescue dog, Phineas, traveling with a purpose, or practicing the high-art of people watching. I am proud to New York City my home, and I've been called the happiest New Yorker by friends and strangers alike. They're right. Follow my adventures on Twitter at and Instagram at


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