Posted by: sunnyharvy | March 16, 2014

Death Valley Days: 1 and 2

I can’t begin to describe our Death Valley experience in words, so I will try to do so with my photographs. Although, I realize they are inadequate as well. You will just have to visit to fully comprehend the strange and unique qualities of this immense (3 million square acres!) park.


Roadside attractions in Tecopa Hot Springs before entering Death Valley


First stop inside the park upon our late afternoon arrival – Zabriskie Point



Got settled in at the Furnace Creek Campground where we spent our first two nights. Gathered information and viewed an excellent video at the Visitor Center before heading out to explore in earnest. As you can see we enjoyed excellent weather. Daytime temperatures ranged from 70 to 85 during our stay. I wouldn’t want to visit any later in the year as the heat from the sun is intense.


These are the wagons that were filled with borax and pulled by 20-mule teams.


What’s left of the Harmony Borax Works


One of many unpaved roads we would traverse. This one took us through Mustard Canyon:






Above photos taken at Badwater Basin salt flats.


Then it was on to Artist Drive where various minerals create beautiful hues.




Back at the campground “Handyman” Al doesn’t look any too happy to be fixing our window blind as the sun sets behind the Panamint Mountains.


  1. Ann Lasko worked in Death Valley one winter and we got to stay at Furnace Creek…….amazing country.

    • Did Ann work at the Furnace Creek Inn or Furnace Creek Ranch? Do you have any photos from your visit there?

  2. I really enjoyed the images, especially the first few showing the ridges of the area and wonderful lighting.

  3. I enjoyed your images especially the first ones showing the ridges illuminated with wonderful light. It is rare to see the words furnace and creek side by side. Likely a clue, ha.

    • Thanks for the compliment, Tom. Always appreciate your comments on my photography. I really should say “our” photography since Al does take some of the shots. He particularly enjoys taking panoramic shots, some of which I use as headers.

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