Day 3: Death Valley is awesome, and you should visit it

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!

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At Badwater, you can walk out onto the dry lakebed. AWESOME.

June 5, 2012 034Then, onto the Harmony Borax Works. MORE RUINS. MORE AWESOME.

June 5, 2012 050After 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.

June 5, 2012 073Then it was up to Dante’s View, which is amazing, and terrifying.

June 5, 2012 084Then, I went to check out Ubehebe Crater. I had the opportunity to make another poor hiking choice, but thought better of it this time.

June 5, 2012 091After 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.

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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.

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