Death Valley – Go there! Put it on your bucket list if you have to.

I haven’t taken you to Death Valley yet? Well, it’s about time i did.


It’s one amazing place, it has the lowest point in the US, some 200+ ft below sea level, and from one viewpoint you can see the highest point in the continental US, Mt. Whitney, 14,505 ft above sea level

“Mount Whitney is the highest summit in the contiguous United States and the Sierra Nevada, with an elevation of 14,505 feet (4,421 m)”

“Hottest, Driest, Lowest

In this below-sea-level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.”

The highest mountain in Death Valley National Park is 11,049 foot Telescope Peak. The vertical drop from the peak to the Badwater Basin is twice the depth of Grand Canyon.

Definitely go to:

• Golden Canyon, walk to the top.


• Dante’s view, the highest drive-able point, about 6000 ft. The view is awesome.


• Rhyolite, a ghost town on the north east edge of the park



Do some research before you go. There are only a few places to stay – in winter time, reservations disappear waaaay in advance – Furnace creek ranch (motel). If you can’t find room in the Valley, the nearest motels are in Baker, 75 miles away.

Many mysteries in the sand here:


This my favorite:


It’s a bit like this one:

And do some research as to road conditions – they can change dramatically, overnight.

Recently some of the storms that hit southern Ca. made it to DV, washed out roads, made access in someplaces impossible, damaged portions of Scotty’s Castle. Do your homework!

Oh, and what did i do in the darkroom with that awesome ‘Dante’s View?’
RenaissanceManThe bottom of the image was taken at Ocean Beach in San Francisco… at sea level, to be sure. I guess there’s some perverse logic to that, seeing as the lowest point is DV is well below sea level.

Someone’s transfixed… who knows how far this person will go.

Ya like my darkroom montage? There’s tons more at:

I always quote terminator = ‘ah-nold’ – “ah’ll be back”!

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