Amargosa Valley, Nevada
Tuesday we head back into Death Valley National Park.
15 miles east of the visitors' center at Furnace Creek is the turn-off for Twenty Mule Team Canyon. A short 2.7 mile drive travels one way through a unique landscape. Smooth hills and jagged ridges in a variety of muted colors create a beautiful badlands.
|Sandstone cathedrals watch over us.|
|Let the zoomies begin!|
|Tessa has a great time running up and over the white hills.|
|Come on Mom, let's see what's up here!|
|Good job fluffy trail blazer!|
|The surprise of blues and purple.|
|The badlands stretch to tall mountains beyond.|
We pick up a map and information at Furnace Creek. The wind is picking up but before noon it is already warm. We continue on through Stovepipe Wells where we have no need of the services provided. A rough, washboard road takes us to Mosaic Canyon. More crowds have nearly filled the parking lot so after a quick leg stretch we continue on.
|The oasis of Furnace Creek.|
|Early on the valley floor.|
|Mesquite Flat Dunes|
Along the shelf road we encounter a single hiker talking on her cell phone. When we stop on the way back to see if she needs water or anything else she tells us she walked up here from her tent down the hill (we saw it earlier) to get cell service to call her son. The views are expansive, I can only imagine how she explains to him where she is.
|The color of canyon walls.|
|Four of a kind.|
|Balancing along soft sand.|
|The road to Skidoo|
|Spots of interest along the way.|
|Much cooler up here!|
|Views coming down the hill.|
|Wildrose Canyon Campground|
|Paved - sort of.|
|Gorgeous views with a touch of snow on top.|
|Pastels on the west side of the park - Panamint Valley.|
|The heat is waiting for us back in the valley.|
|One last stop at Devil's Cornfield (dude get's his name on a lot of places).|
|Arrowweed roots bind with the soil to support each plant and were thought to resemble bundled dry corn. Natives used the rigid stems of the plant to make arrow shafts.|
|Tomorrow we'll come back for one last canyon through these beauties. We saved the best for last!|