Death Valley

One day,

we all piled into cars

and drove to the Death Valley National Park.

The map below shows our route,

and where we stopped, looked, listened -

and where we took some photos.



Tecopa and China Ranch are off the map to the southeast (or off the bottom right corner). We stopped briefly at the fascinating museum at Shoshone, then turned left on Rt. 178 (Badwater Road) and stopped at Badwater for a bit of hula hooping. In pre-historic times, the area was covered by a sea, whose level is marked on the rock (see photo below). The Visitors Center at Furnace Creek was the next stop, with great information and a 3D display of the park. We drove to Zabriske Point for phenomenal views, took the Twenty Mule Team Canyon trail, then on to Dante's View, where we saw the southern end of Death Valley from above. (The bottom left photo from Dante's View includes our hula hoop place one mile below us - the tiny white strip center bottom!) The Opera House at Death Valley Junction was closed. After a full, full, full day, most of us came back to China Ranch for a tasty meal of "left-overs".