Sand Dune Sunset in Death Valley

October 7th, 2020

Day one!

We depart at 8:00 a.m. and drive to Death Valley on a route we’ve not taken before. The views are as scenic as they are educational — a lesson in volcanic geology. The austere landscape of western Nevada looks surprisingly like Oman with its high desert brush and rocky peaks.

We arrive in the early afternoon heat. One hundred degrees F in October. We head north to the Ubehebe Crater. A hot wind ushers us up the hill for a look inside — more photos coming in a later blog post.

We have the option to camp nearby — Mesquite Springs campground is EMPTY. We have it all to ourselves. But it’s early and this is Death Valley. We opt instead to drive on to the sand dunes where we’re rewarded with a northerly view at sunset and the pleasure of exploring the dunes in bare feet, sand as soft as powdered sugar against the skin.

After sunset we continue on to Furnace Creek where we unpack in a cool, 80-degree breeze and gaze at the starry sky in pure desert darkness.

More tomorrow,

Photos of the Day: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together. This series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you while staying close to home.


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