Death Valley  March 2016

Backcountry Camping, 030416 - Death Valley has been designated an official Dark Sky Park, although unfortunately the cloud cover this weekend was thwarting my attempts to stargaze. The sky cleared at moments, however, and allowed us a perfect view of the Big Dipper over the canyon and some great super early morning light to the east. 

Echo Canyon, 030516 - After an approximately 9-hour drive from SLC, we arrived in Death Valley Friday late afternoon and eventually found a great backcountry campsite in Echo Canyon. The weather was perfect for sleeping outside overnight, no tent needed. Woke up to a beautiful sky Saturday morning, then after breakfast and coffee at camp, we headed off to explore the park.

Badwater Basin, 030516 - From one salt flat to another. In an attempt to beat the crowds and the heat, our first stop of the day on Saturday morning was the point of lowest elevation in North America. Once the sun peeked out from behind the clouds, temperatures in the middle of the Basin reached above 90ºF; I can't even fathom what this place would feel like in the dead of summer.

Titus Canyon, 030516 - Spent a few hours taking D's old 4Runner on a 27-mile backcountry road through Titus Canyon. I somehow forgot to take any photos once we were actually IN the canyon proper, so head over here and here to check out the view(s). 

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, 030516 - A visit to the sand dunes, complete with a successful photobomb by D. I would have loved to have seen these in the moonlight, or early in the morning after the overnight winds had smoothed everything out, but we'll have to save that for next time! 

Zabriskie Point, 030516 - One last stop on our way out of the park. 

Superbloom 2016 - These flowers were the entire reason for visiting the park this weekend. Needless to say, they did not disappoint. The variety and sheer number of them covering the entire landscape was entirely breathtaking. ♥

Thanks for the wonderful weekend, Death Valley! For next time: a visit to check out the sailing stones on The Racetrack.