Death Valley – Day 1

Death Valley – Day 1

As we approached our visit to Death Valley National Park, our pre-conceived vision was of the20 Mule Team Wagons and Badwater Basin – the lowest point in North America at 282 feet BELOW sea level.  Boy, were we underestimating this park!

Here is what we expected to see…  (These two make a 360 degree panorama)

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Here’s what we actually saw…

1 Entering Death Valley (Medium)

From Dante’s View 5500 feet (and almost 30 degrees) above the low point of the Western Hemisphere:

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And the “Desert Bloom” is still happening…

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We drove through the Artist’s Drive:

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And we took a hike up Golden Canyon (2 3/4 miles UP-hill going in!)

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We came home the long way around and the scenery just kept on coming…

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Imagine living in a town with this as its backdrop…

6 Death Valley Junction 1 (Medium)

We even saw wild horses running free…

7 Wild Horses (Medium)

And a Nevada Cathouse…

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As we are beginning to understand, Death Valley National Park is HUGE!  In fact, it is the largest National Park in the lower 48 at 3.4 Million Acres — and 3.1 of that is designated wilderness.  The valley itself is 124 miles long and the scenery ranges from Bad Water Basin at MINUS 282 feet elevation to the snow-capped Telescope Peak at over 11,000 feet.  There are volcanic formations, sedimentary formations, mountains, canyons, sand dunes, and flat valley floor.  So very much to see! Stay tuned….


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