Weekend Trip to Death Valley

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When we visited DV last year for the super bloom, I wasn’t expecting much. Aside from flowers, I didn’t think DV had much else to offer but the blazing sun and miles of brown and browner rocks. Needless to say, I was proved wrong.

This past weekend, a couple of friends and I made a trip to DV for this year’s “super bloom”. And, I use “quote”, because there wasn’t really a bloom this year (sad face). Regardless, it was still a blast getting out of the city!

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After fueling ourselves with iced lattes from Blue Bottle, our trio was ready for a weekend of adventure at the hottest, driest, and point in the country.  Super bloom. Dark night skies. Night programs.

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I’m a big fan of the night sky, stars, astronomy, and the stories behind constellations. As DV as certified as an “International Dark Sky Park”, you can only imagine what the sky would look like at night. Actually, don’t try to image it. Just go there and experience it yourself!

Being there a second time, I had a chance to take thing slower, and just enjoy being present at the park. But let’s be honest, it’s a little difficult to enjoy yourself when it’s 100+ degrees dry heat. My boyfriend says I’m a reptile, because my skin pretty much was burning up the entire time.

Since we had less than 48 hours for our shotgun trip, we weren’t able to do much hiking. But let’s be honest, hiking in 100 +degrees weather isn’t my type of thing anyway.   It was mainly a drive up to the viewpoint, walk around, snap some photos, and off to the next destination type of weekend. Not exactly our ideal trip, but we’ll take whatever we can get!

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One of my favorite areas in DV is what I call “Cars lands” aka “Radiator Springs”.  Disney fans- you’ll know what I’m talking about.  While driving through DV, there’s an area that’s pretty much Disney’s “Radiator Springs” ride, but IRL.

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The “Salt Flats” at Badwater Basin is a must see while in DV. Dubbed the “lowest point in N. America”, it’s about 282 ft below sea level. Walking around, you’d think you’re in a winter wonderland, as the ground looks like snow.  The “snow” is actually salt.

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If you’re still looking for more adventure, you can sand board at Mesquite Flat Dunes.  We didn’t board, but still enjoyed walking around and exploring the area.

 

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We camped out at Furnace Creek Campground, just as we did last year. We had a good number of fellow campers, so it was a while before the skies were dark enough to see the constellations. It was faint, but I was pretty sure I spotted the Milky Way. And if you don’t know the story behind the Milky Way.. then you have to attend the park’s night program called “Myths & Legends”. You’ll hear stories of not only how the Milky Way came to be, but stories of early settlers who discovered the park.

So where’s that super bloom?

Good question! We weren’t able to locate the super bloom this year, but we did see a few yellow and purple flowers scattered around the park. Sorry guys, but apparently the best bloom was in the past decade was in 2016- guess we were lucky!

Super bloom or not, DV, just like all national parks, is worth visiting. Every park has a unique story, worth being explored and shared.

If you want to read about my first experience in DV, check out my previous post here: LA x Death Valley

 

 

 

 

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