Death Valley, California

Death Valley – hottest of the hot and lowest of the lows. If you’ve been there, you know. If not….go! The colors, salt flats, dunes and badlands blow your mind. How hot? We were there in November….very pleasant.

Badwater Basin

282 feet below sea level. Lowest point in North America

Hiking – a spectacular experience for my soul!

I love the crunching of boots on trails, scrambling over rocks and looking upward at the slants and folds of a geographic upheaval from eons ago. (Natural Canyon, Mosaic Canyon and Golden Canyon)

With friends, Bill and Carol, we trekked until forward progress was impeded by barriers (typically, one of us would urge to climb..but the other three would not follow).

Artists Palette and the Mesquite Sand Dunes

Ahhh! Badlands of Zabriskie Point

Dantes View: The Higher You Climb…..the More That You See

Death Valley, population 320, covers, 5,262 square miles Average rainfall less than 2″ and storms result in sudden flooding in the valley.

” …this is the real nature of California and the secret of its fascination; this untamed, undomesticated, aloof, prehistoric landscape which relentlessly reminds the traveller of his human condition and the circumstances of his tenure upon the earth. “You are perfectly welcome,” it tells him, “during your short visit. Everything is at your disposal. Only, I must warn you, if things go wrong, don’t blame me.”

Christopher Isherwood, Exhumations

14 thoughts on “Death Valley, California

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  2. So glad you love the valley as much as I do. Probably my favorite natl Park in the country. I would love to show you around the golf course….at -200 ft…at Furnace Creek.😊

  3. Love all the pictures! America is so beautiful and diverse!

  4. Gorgeous!

  5. I’ve never seen anything like it – breathtaking! Your pictures are out of this world – you had me from the first shot. Just wow. Thank you for taking us there with you in spirit! xo

    1. The full moon shot was for you! But the outstanding beauty was the at the end with Dante’s View.

  6. Immense and intense! The reward of any hike is the view at the top and what spectacular views at the top and along the way! Gorgeous photos!

    1. Oh you are so right!! Thank you!

  7. Immense and intense! The reward of any hike is the view at the top and what a spectacular view!

  8. Terrific! Great photos! Can I link to your site when I publish my Death Valley post?

    1. Oh please do. I was hoping you would get yours done first so I could link to it!

  9. been there done that years ago when dolf and I were is amazing and heartbreaking beautiful all at once.

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