Sunday, November 10, 2013

Exploring Death Valley

We explored Death valley for three days.
Its an unworldly place where rocks, sand & salt are prevalent
and the unrelenting sun beats down from a cloudless sky.

Our first stop was Dante's View where our first glimpse of the valley took our breath away.
 We are 5475 feet above the salt flats on the valley floor and Death Valley is spread out before us.

An hour later, we are walking the salt flats 282 feet below sea level.

The ground is literally crystallized salt.

There is little vegetation, but we still saw wonderful colors of rock.
This is Artist's Palette along Artist's Drive.

There are many places to hike.
This is Natural Bridge.

My favorite hike was Mosaic Canyon.
The walls of this beautiful slot canyon are polished marble in places

and a mosaic of embedded rocks in other places.

The Mesquite Flats sand dunes are fun to climb up & run or slide down.
The day we were there, however, the wind had picked up and sand was blowing in our eyes.

There is water in Death Valley and you can hike along Salt Creek for a different experience.
Just don't drink the water.

And Scotty's Castle is a surprising sight in the middle of the desert.

 This is Ubehebe Crater, a volcanic crater in the northern park of the park.

We made the exhilerating drive up Red Pass and through Titus Canyon.
Probably one of the scariest roads we've been on, but wow, what an experience!

The canyon walls rise 500 feet above as we drive through the canyon.

  Zabriskie Point is a good place to watch the sunset.

You gotta go see Death valley!

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