It’s late October and we’re entering the seasonal pattern of strings of rainy days. There was a brief break this morning so I raced to the golf course and got in a quick round (with a satisfactory 86). On the way home I snapped this view of the afternoon sun on Mt. Si.
After our trips we always seem to find new appreciation of where we live. There are so many beautiful places but this little corner of the world is pretty nice too. Here’s a view of late afternoon yesterday and sunrise this morning.
Almost on a whim we decided to check out the Ubehebe Crater at the northern-most end of the park. What a great surprise. The crater is very impressive as are the views in all directions from the crater’s edge. ⇒photos
Dante’s View is just 15 miles or so from Furnace Creek and at 5,500 feet it offers great views of the Death Valley Basin (including the Devil’s Golf Course). I hiked about half a mile south to get better panoramic views of the valley.
All the guide books say it’s the thing to do so we got up early and made the short drive from Furnace Creek to Zabriskie Point to watch the sunrise. It was definitely worth it. Death Valley is not nearly as colorful as Capitol Reef, Canyonlands or the Grand Canyon but the rising sun certainly painted some lovely tones on the mountains and weird geologic formations. ⇒photos
Departing Santa Barbara in the morning we arrived in Death Valley in time to do a bit of exploring before nightfall. We drove the famous Artist’s Drive in the wonderful afternoon sunlight and took a few minutes to admire the stunning, star-filled sky before collapsing into bed. ⇒photos