Death Valley National Park

It’s set between two mountain ranges. It’s flat.┬áThere are no trees, no birds, no animals, no insects, no people around. Absolute silence. That’s how it felt in the middle of Badwater Basin Salt Flats. October was such a great time to visit Death Valley. It’s a relatively short drive from LA so it’s perfect for a quick weekend trip. Two days was enough time to see most of the spots on the list: Badwater Basin Salt Flats at sunrise (lowest elevation in N. America), Devil’s Golf Course, Mesquite Sand Dunes at sunset, Zabriskie point at sunrise, Dante’s view and Scotty’s Castle.

We arrived at Badwater Basin Salt Flats before sunrise only to find that it looks nothing like the pictures I've seen online, but still impressive.

We arrived at Badwater Basin Salt Flats before sunrise only to find that it looks nothing like the pictures I’ve seen online, but still impressive.

I was expecting flatter, whiter and more defined edges like the ones in the foreground.

I was expecting flatter, whiter and more defined edges like the ones in the foreground.

Devil's Golf Course

Devil’s Golf Course

An old wagon wheel from a borax mine.

An old wagon wheel from a borax mine.

Mesquite Flat Dunes. I think this was the most popular site in the park. It was very hard to find an untouched, perfectly shaped dune.

Mesquite Flat Dunes. I think this was the most popular site in the park. It was very hard to find an untouched, perfectly shaped dune.

I had to take a jumping shot :)

I had to take a jumping shot :)

I like the red mountains in the background.

I like the red mountains in the background.

A view from Zabriskie point - another place better seen at sunrise.

A view from Zabriskie point – another place better seen at sunrise.

Panorama view from Zabriskie point.

Panorama view from Zabriskie point.

Some day I would really like to go back and camp at the Racetrack Playa to take some night shots.

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