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death valley, part 2

December 20, 2010

Our first full day in Death Valley started with a quick snapshot at the “elevation sea level” road sign.  Then it was off to tackle dirt road #1, and it was a long one… 25 miles one way!  It’s amazing how much farther 25 miles is on a dirt road vs speeding along on the pavement.  I’d say it was sorta like LA traffic but with much better scenery!  The reason for our long trek into even more remote surroundings was to see the “famous” racetrack moving rocks.   The racetrack is a dry lake bed where chunks of stone mysteriously slide along and leave their path behind.  Scientists can’t quite figure out how it happens and it’s quite cool.  Worth the morning drive for sure!  Walking out on the desolate lake bed was seriously one of the coolest things either of us have ever experienced.


Our next stop was to check out a huge hole in the ground known as the Ubehebe Crater which sits right next to it’s smaller cousin the Little Hebe Crater!  The area surrounding the crater was covered in little black pebbles which created such an amazing contrast to the pale yellow, brown, and red of the rest of the valley.  The craziest thing at the crater was the way the wind whipped up the sides and over the rim.  We could practically lean 1/2 way over and still not fall!

Our final stop on day one was Scotty’s Castle.   While we couldn’t be convinced to pay for the tour inside the building we did take an hour to explore the surrounding automobile graveyard.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2010 2:51 pm

    Breathtaking! I need to travel and see more of California!

  2. December 21, 2010 10:56 pm

    Amazing as usual!!! Now I am super fascinated with the racetrack moving rocks!!!! That is soooo neat!!!!

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