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Saturday, September 18, 2010

A Little Detour

I have been staying with my parents in Nevada for the past few days and sadly today I had to return home. I didn’t want to go home the same way I came, I like to see new things and driving alone for me is hard. So because I was in the area, because my mother said it was gorgeous, and because I had never been there I decided to take the long way home and drive through Death Valley National Park.

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The desert roads seem to never end and the heat just radiates over the black concrete.

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Death Valley National park boasts some of the most beautiful geographical rock layers.

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The colors and formations that swirling through the rock is simply breathtaking… I stopped often to take photos even though it was 108 degrees.

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With those temperatures I hardly saw a soul in the park and when I did venture from the car I never went far or for very long.

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I think my mother’s description of the mountains looking like swirls of flavored ice cream is dead on…. UMMMMM ICE CREAM!

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Aside from the beauty of the rocks there were gorgeous vast mountain ranges off in the distance. I passed a field dotted with shrub. It was nicknamed devils corn field because the spacing of the shrub was so symmetrical it looked like it was planted by a farmer and really what could grow here in this heat, with this sun, without any water but something satanic?

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I even saw a salt flat in what is considered one of the lowest points in the United States.

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And then I saw the sand dunes surrounded by lined mountains.

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The drive home with my little detour ended up taking MUCH longer than I had anticipated. Between stopping for photos so often and then hitting unexpected traffic once I hit Los Angeles it added four hours to my five hour trip. I am sure the extra time will be worth it in a week but right now my butt hurts from sitting so much!

1 comment:

paul peggy zeus said...

I'm glad you had a chance to see Death Valley, although I didn't think it would take an extra four hours for you to get home. Ah, you must have passed Mosaic Canyon! You have to hike back about 1/4 to 1/2 mile, but wait til you see the pictures we took when we visited there! I haven't posted them yet.

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