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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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?


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


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


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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