Day Trip: Death Valley, California

in travel •  2 months ago

Death Valley National Park

I've not had much opportunity to visit the Western part of the United States. Recently, I took a trip with my company to a conference in Las Vegas, Nevada for a week. A week is a long time if you've ever been to Vegas! After about two days, I was tired of drinking and gambling so I rented a car and took the two hour drive to Death Valley National Park.

I've always been fansinated with Death Valley since I was a kid and first heard about it. It is the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at 282 feet below sea level.

This is Badwater Basin.


As far as the eye can see is a huge salt water basin. The white is solidified salt which once was a large salt water lake. The extreme heat evaporates the water. You can dig at the hard salt and after a few inches, water will begin to show. It's saltwater however and wouldn't do you any good if you actually needed it. At the time I took this picture, it was 118 degrees fahrenheit.


The Basin goes on for what seems like an eternity. I'd hate be caught out here without any water. During my 2 hour stay at the Basin, I didn't see any forms of life whatsoever. No flies, no birds, nothing!

Dante's View


Going from 282 feet below sea level to 5,475 feet above sea level in a matter of a few minutes is crazy! The white at the bottom of this summit is Badwater Basin where I was previously. The sudden temperature change was a nice adjustment as it was about 25-30 degrees fahrenheit cooler than the Basin.


You know it's hot when you see a sign like this.

If you haven't had a chance to get out to Death Valley, I highly reccomend it. Living in todays world, you forget how unforgivable but beautiful nature can be. It is surreal to be in a place that has been evolving for millions upon millions of years.

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nice one :)

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Thanks! I'll follow you!

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Did you see the rocks that seem to move by themselves?

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No, I didn't get to see everything. I also saw the borax mines and some others, however don't recall that one. I plan on making a return trip soon so I can see more.

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You can't see the rocks moving, they're not sure what causes it. You can see the trails the rocks leave and they're not any foot print or tire prints nearby so they surmise that the rocks are moving by themselves. I didn't know there borax mines but I didn't have a lot of time to explore.

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Oh, I know what you mean. I didn't get to see that one, it is really strange though.

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I waiting for someone to put a video feed out there so we can see what is causing them to move.

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lol, that'd be awesome!

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For real. Hey didn't you say you were going back there? I choose you to set it up, you the man.

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I'm on it!

Very nice post! Death Valley is an amazing place. We used to take weekend trips to the area when we lived in Southern California - to get away from all the people. I loved to see the amazing night sky without light pollution. We would visit Lone Pine for wonderful meals and cozy inexpensive motel rooms. This was more than 25 years ago, but I still think of it fondly! Upvoted resteemed and followed you @narconaught

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That sounds amazing. I wish I'd had more time to spend. There were many things I didn't get to see. I plan on bringing my kids out there once they get older. It is truly an amazing place. Thanks for the upvote and resteem! I'll follow you as well!