In my last entry, I left us in a bad dust storm in Death Valley. The dust storm continued for 2 days. By the end of it, the campground was almost empty.
On March 31, the wind had reduced some, so we decided to head out on a driving tour of the park. We drove to the visitor center at Furnace Creek and checked out the exhibits. They were well done. We also watched a movie about the park. We were then prepared to take our driving tour.
We started with "Devil's Golf Course". This is a very interesting area along the floor of the valley. You can see the deposits of alkali on the rocks and dirt.
This area is very near to Badwater Basin, which is the lowest elevation in the US at 282 Feet below sea level.
We then went to the Natural Bridge Canyon. It was a short uphill walk through a canyon, but the formation made it worth it. We took a few pictures and walked back to the truck.
|A Look Back Down the Valley to Badwater Basin From the Trail head|
|Very tight curvy road|
We really enjoyed the drive, the pictures just don't do justice to the amazing colors.
On our way back to camp, we took a few evening shots of the sand dunes. The light and shadows do neat things to the dunes.
I will break up our visit to Death Valley NP into one more entry. I really wanted to take a ride up into one of the signature canyons in the park. I planned that ride for the next day. Come back to see how that turned out.