(Death Valley CA)
Spent a few days visiting Death Valley National Park. The first stop was at Zabriskie Point with its interesting shapes and colors. Then I went to the Visitor Center at Furnace Creek to get my bearings.
From there I headed to Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America at 282 ft below sea level. A wide salty path led out onto the flats which I walked for a short way, and then turned back. There was an interesting pool near the beginning.
Afterward, I drove back up the road to the Natural Bridge trail. A short hike up a wash takes you to the feature. I had to ask another hiker to please wait a few minutes so I could get a shot without people in the arch.
Next, I drove through Artists Drive; a 9 mile one way paved road that takes you through a multi-colored rock canyon. No vehicles longer than 25 ft allowed, as there were sharp switch backs with close walls on the sides.
Another short hike into Mosaic Canyon, through a slot, to view the interesting rock patterns. By this time it was getting hot, so I decided to find a camp early. There was a lot more to see; but, they would have to wait until another visit.
A 21 mile drive into Emigrant Canyon and up into the mountains got me to Wildrose CG. Again, a 25 ft limit due to switch backs. Situated in between hills, it provided a picnic table and pit toilets. There were about 8 spots for RVs and 12 for tent campers.
It was fairly quiet, but with new campers coming in and out each day. A hike up the hills found lots of wildflowers waiting to be photographed. I stayed 3 days for free.
I had intended to hike to Darwin Falls on my way out. But, I missed the turn-off as there was no sign posted. Perhaps it was closed due to the recent floods. Anyway, it was on to the US-395 that would take me northward on my journey.
Camp: Death Valley NP-Wildrose CG
Scene: Desert, rocks, wildflowers