This was the first trip where I used an SUV to travel through the backroads of a park. It opened up a vast amount of territory and expanded my horizons, so much that I spent about four weeks there! There is so much to see. What a place. Hopefully, I’ll have the final version of this page available by early June.
Palm trees at the Ibex spring. Many abandoned building hint at the past.
An abandoned borax mine
Here’s a puzzle. How did that yellow truck get there? The nearest road is at least 100 yards uphill. The terrain around it is very rocky; even a jeep might find it hard to navigate.
Here, the sand seems to flow down the hillsides and valleys as if it were water.
Permanent wetlands in Death Valley? With cattails and ducks? Why not? Saratoga Spring is must be the most famous of them. But I ran across others on this trip.
The Ibex dunes sit below black mountains. I like the contrast.
The locals here are very skittish. They don’t see visitors very often, so they don’t know what to do with them. But what kind of creatures are they? Hint: They’re not in the deer family. BTW, I bet you never expected to see so much green here.
This is Owl Lake. Here, the lakes often contain water only rarely. The signpost doesn’t say anything.
The bighorn sheep in the Owlshead region don’t encounter humans very often, so they’re extra skittish.
You won’t believe what these White-Lined Sphinx caterpillars will become
Would you walk through the door into the mine?
Bright green trees announce the presence of a spring
Would you walk down this hill?
There’s water here, but would you drink it?
Salt Creek flows through this part of Death Valley
The many colors indicate the mineral deposits in the mountains. It’s easy to see why this area was a hotbed for mining activities.
Yellow flowers seem to flow down the wash
A local resident (a sidewinder) greets a visitor
On cold nights, a local tradition is to warm up by brewing a kettle of tea. Get yours here. Wanna hear about Crankshaft Junction?
Two of the famous Sailing Stones of the Racetrack. These two were having a race when I was there. But they make a tortoise seem like a torpedo. P.S. I found the mountains surrounding the Racetrack to be as interesting as the sailing stones.
Death Valley is hardly the only place in the world with interesting skies, but that did not affect my enjoyment of this sunset.
Hole-in-the-Wall is an oddity. Imagine a skinny wall stretching for miles to the left and right. Here, in the middle is the “whole.” It’s big enough that they could build a road through it.
In the desert, rain may fall from the sky, but that does not necessarily mean it will reach the ground.
Early morning light makes these mountains brown, but during the full light of day, they take on multiple shades of color, mostly grays.
Two mountain ranges with a salt pan below and blue skies above. What’s not to enjoy. And no trail will take you here.
Lone Joshua trees are hard to find. This one is in Last Chance Canyon.
How can a heavy tree maintain a hold in that rock at that angle?
The Eureka Dunes are the highest in Death Valley. In person, they are quite imposing.
Trees line a dirt road. But is this what you expect from the infamous Death Valley?
Yet another fascinating mountainside
Saline Valley Warm Springs stand out in the dry desert. The “Chicken Strip” aka airport sits nearby.
For me, Salt Lake was a highlight of Saline Valley. But you can’t get this view from a road.
Another view of Salt Lake. The peach color is part of the water, not the shore. I could not determine its cause, but iot was sure odd.
Ho hum. More wetlands.
Wait a minute here. Cows grazing in a national park? Wait a minute! I bet this was shot along a section of the road which briefly enters Inyo National Forest. OK; don’t look at this picture.
This is just part of a Joshua tree forest in Lee Flat
Each section of this composite hillside has its own color.