Today was not, in fact, blissfully short, but there was a lot less driving and a lot more walking around places, so I’m a lot less tired than the past two days. I drove into Death Valley from the south end today, and headed for Badwater. But first I went to play at the Ashford Mill ruins. WHICH WERE AWESOME. However, I continued my trend of being unable to take a photo of myself where I don’t look seriously irritated. The sun is too bright!
At Badwater, you can walk out onto the dry lakebed. AWESOME.
After stopping at the visitors’ center, I took 20 Mule Team Drive. Where I made a poor hiking choice. HEY, I KNOW, LET’S TRY TO HIKE A NARROW STEEP TRAIL ON A BACKROAD IN DEATH VALLEY WHEN I HAVE SOMETIMES CRIPPLING ACROPHOBIA. That didn’t last long.
After that, it was time for a tour of Scotty’s Castle. Again: AWESOME. The hilarious thing was that I had seen the interpreter walking around earlier and honestly just thought he was some sort of hipster, not an interpreter in period dress. 😡 NPS interpreters: Dressing vintage before it was cool.
More photos here.
Today, it’s onto tire rotation and then the Grand Canyon! Blogs for days 4 and 5 will be delayed, due to spending the next two nights camping.