Along with all of you, we have been in self quarantine. I wrote this blog several weeks ago before Covid-19 was on our radar. I hope that reading about Death Valley NP will create a small diversion as we all shelter in place.
Our quest to visit all the U.S. National Parks continues and because we were in Palm Springs this winter, a trip to Death Valley was within reach. With such a foreboding name, I could not generate much interest in this park… but Stephen was game.
While Stephen spent several days researching and planning a full day of park highlights, I dragged my feet and reminded him that Death Valley is the hottest and driest park in the nation. He was undeterred so I figured a quick drive-by would satisfy him and also allow us to cross this park off our bucket list.
With several spots marked on our map, Stephen began driving while I sat dubiously in the passenger seat sipping coffee and hoping the day would pass quickly. Just ten minutes after crossing the park boundary my entire demeanor changed. I sat up and realized this was no ordinary park. Rugged mountain ranges on both sides enveloped us and the further we drove the landscape became more interesting.
We were in a desolate place but the landscape was stunning. Sharp angled rocks and mountains eventually turned to sandstone and white rolling hills. There was very little vegetation which added to the peculiar but beautiful landscape. Zabriskie Point was our first stop and we embarked on a three mile hike over the white sandstone hills and into the canyons. There were others exploring in the park but we were very much alone in this area.
Following the hike we visited the famous area called Badwater Basin, the lowest North American elevation at 282 feet below sea level. The white stuff in the photo appears to be snow but is actually a salt flat with briny puddles in the background.
The day continued with a trip through Artist Canyon where pink, aqua, and purple hills are the result of metal oxidation in the soil. The beautiful view looked like someone had splashed buckets of paint throughout the hillsides.
We had a terrific day and I apologized to Stephen for dragging my feet. While I originally thought this park was inaccurately named, we encountered some crazy weather events that caused me to think otherwise. An unexpected windstorm stirred up dust thicker than fog and a blinding snow storm appeared out of nowhere. I’m not keen on the name Death Valley but maybe it has earned its reputation. Regardless, this is a beautiful park that is now on our top five list. It is worthy of a second visit.
Any update on ‘Queen Bed and a Kitchen’, also known as the tear drop? Love the pics and good to see a blog from you.
Kevin…Our Vistabule is patiently waiting for us to return to Minnesota. We hope to travel with it as soon as this virus abates.
Thanks for sharing Death Valley pictures with us. We have never been there nor will we.
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So happy to hear about I.J. 😄
Julie—I enjoyed this very much. I was there with you, which was nice since we are in lockdown mode now and it is getting very tiresome!! Love you, Phyllis
On Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 10:28 AM Queen Bed and a Kitchen wrote:
> queenbedandakitchen posted: “Hello friends, Along with all of you, we have > been in self quarantine for awhile. I wrote this blog-post several weeks > ago before Covid-19 was on our radar. I hope that reading about Death > Valley NP will create a small diversion as we wait out this quar” >
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Beautiful photos. Stay safe! Jan, Dale, and Bella
Thanks Jan…and thanks for your important FB posts!
The last picture was my favorite with your sweet, smiling face! Hello to both of you and a hug from PA. When the stay at home orders are over, come see us!!
Thanks Joan…we’d love to visit!
Thank you Julie for sharing these beautiful photos!
Hi Julie and Stephan,
We enjoy seeing your travel adventures! These are beautiful photos. Stay safe : )
Nice to hear from you. Currently we are hunkered down in Scottsdale with Abby. We are grateful for a place to stay until we can return to MN.
We love hearing about all of your adventures!