Death Valley

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Death Valley


  • Started early friday evening and spent night in Ridgecrest, a small town in desert.
  • Map: SF to Ridgecrest

Entering death valley

  • Map: Ridgecrest to Death Valley Visitor Centre
  • Big mines on the way. Clear skies and flat grounds greeted us.
  • Broken/unpaved roads, Everyone was little scared the way we were heading.
  • Entered via CA-190 freeway, this is the largest national park in US south of Alaska.
  • First stop was Stovepipe Wells, the death valley visitor center. Can feel the heat already.

Mesquite flat sand dunes

  • Appears man-made. But the fact that they are so huge, makes it hard to believe.
  • Popular location for some of the hollywood movies like Starwars.
  • It appears so out of place though.

Artists palette

  • A small narrow detour from the Badwater road leads to Artists Palette through the canyons.
  • Artist’s Drive, The 9-mile paved road is one-way and is only drivable with vehicles less than 25 feet in length
  • This area is noted for variety of rock colors.
  • Artist’s Palette is especially photogenic in late afternoon light.

Devils golf course

  • Immense area of rock salt, basically infertile barren land.
  • So incredibly jagged, they say “only devil could play golf on it”.

Badwater Basin

Ashford mills ruins

  • Not much here except skeleton of a building or two.
  • Used to be a gold mine.

Longstreet Inn & Casino

  • Right in the middle of desert, where the hell this came from? Straight Outta Nowhere.
  • Not surprised it is just a few inches inside of stateline Nevada.
  • Used the clear sky for my benefit and did some milky way shots.

Alabama hills

  • Left at 6 am all the way across Death valley. Empty roads, this is just mesmerising.
  • Lone Pine is such a beautiful place with Death valley on one end and Sierras on other.
  • Hidden gem and we didn’t think twice before taking a drive up hills.

Bodie state historical park

  • Bodie is a ghost towm,looks pretty much the same as it did over 50 years ago when the last residents left.
  • Had to do some off roading to get to this deserted town.

Back through Seqoia and Yosemite to San Francisco.
In all covered 1250 miles(2000 km) over the weekend.

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