Saturday, April 15, 2017

Death Valley

Last month we took a trip to the desert in the hope of finding some desert wildflowers.  Our first stop was Death Valley.  It was unusually hot for March and there were no wildflowers.  No problem, there was still plenty to see and do and we had a good time.
Oasis Garden
We stayed at Furnace Creek Inn.  In the past we had either camped or stayed at the Furnace Creek Ranch, a motel style lodging.  The Inn proved to be a perfect choice.  During the hot afternoons we could wander the corridors of the hotel for exercise or go down to the oasis garden.

Zabiskie Point
We did our sightseeing in the morning, before it got hot.
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
There were plenty of people out exploring the dunes.
Creosote Bush
Did I say there were no wildflowers?  That is not quite true.  The creosote was in full bloom.  

Although we didn't see the critters that made them, there were plenty of tracks out on the dunes.

Old borax wagons were on display at the remains of the borax works.
Salt crystals
No trip to death Valley would be complete without a visit to Bad Water 282 feet below sea level.  Due to recent rains there were water filled potholes in which salt was crystallizing.  Unfortunately, it seems visitors found the potholes irresistible and most of them had been disturbed and the newly formed crystals destroyed. 
At the end of the day we found a spot to watch the sunset and see the stars come out.
On our way to our next stop we finally found our wildflowers.

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Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh Martha I really enjoyed this ...great memories, except (slight case of envy) have never been to the desert in a "flower year" .... well, for that matter we've have never stayed at the Inn either (maybe my envy is more than slight ))). Your pictures are great happy you got to make this trip.

carol l mckenna said...

Martha glad you had a fun time and came away with beautiful photos ~ Love the desert tree ~ thanks,

Wishing you a peaceful week ~ ^_^

NatureFootstep said...

death-valley seem to be full of life :)

You managed to visit several gorgeous places and I envy you for it!

Anonymous said...

Have lived in southern CA, now in Northern, and I still haven't been to Death Valley! Have seen magnificent paintings of it. Stunning! Where do you stay over night when you visit there?
Thanks for visiting me!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a great trip. I think I would have to stay at the Oasis. I would love to see the old Borax trains live.

Liz said...

A great series of images!

Lady Fi said...

Great shots!

Kalantikan said...

Those are wonderful finds and wonderful pics of them. Why is it called Death Valley, when there's a lot of life in there.

Jim said...

Great shots.

Photo(Geo)grapher said...

What a beautiful place and a great trip.