Death Valley Volcanic Explosion

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Death Valley; The Inexplicable

Let’s face it. Death Valley is weird. Its diversity and appeal is wholly based on its strangeness. Here one finds the lowest piece of dry land within the continent that’s within eyeshot of the highest peak in the continental United States. Within a … [Read more...]

Fire over Kit Fox Hills…

It was early.  Very early. It was still dark when I cracked my weary eyes and peered sleepily out of the opening in my mummy bag stretched across the cot.  The weather had been a little windy, but nice and I had slept in the open that night so I … [Read more...]

Discovering Death Valley

I owe Death Valley National Park an apology. Before heading there for Thanksgiving this year I had no real desire to explore the area. Sure it was a National Park and sure whoever fought to preserve it probably had good reason, but between its sand … [Read more...]

Teakettle Junction – The Crossroads

  The sturdy truck rolled to a stop, dragging with it a cloud of dust and the last crunch of rock under our tires.  Sliding out of the cab and stretching, I walked around the faithful rig as the dust settled again on the old road.  The three … [Read more...]

The Hidden Yucca Forest of Death Valley

Like most people, I suspect, I had a certain image in my head of Death Valley.  I imagined this bleak, flat, dry, barren desert.  Even a casual glance at a map of Death Valley National Park proves otherwise, showing a crazy array of contours shaping … [Read more...]

The Hidden Saline Pools of the Devil’s Golf Course

There are places on Earth where the boundary between what is real and what is not real disappears. Nowhere is this more evident than Death Valley. The terrain in the park ranges from standard desert dunes to phantasmagorical displays of geologic … [Read more...]