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Descent to Death Valley

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Ludmilla
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Descent to Death Valley

Post by Ludmilla » Sat August 6th, 2011, 8:45 pm

Last Sunday, my husband and I road tripped to Death Valley National Park for the day. My husband, who likes the more challenging driving experiences, chose an obscure route that takes you through the old mining ghost town of Leadfield (not to be confused with the Colorado mining town) and Titus Canyon as our entry point into Dead Valley and Bad Water Basin. It turned out to be a rare day indeed... it rained!

I'm going to do a new post for each stopping point.
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Reason: Oops! Leadville should be Leadfield!

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat August 6th, 2011, 8:51 pm

What fun, Ludmilla! I haven't been to Death Valley since I was a child. Keep us posted.

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The drive to Leadville

Post by Ludmilla » Sat August 6th, 2011, 8:59 pm

First is the view of the terrain as we drive to Leadfield:
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The Leadfield sign:

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The ruins:

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Entrance to the mine:

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Petroglyphs inside of Titus Canyon

Post by Ludmilla » Sat August 6th, 2011, 9:03 pm

As we continue our way from Leadfield, we enter Titus Canyon. Along the way, are these Indian Petroglyphs:

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Before and after rain views of Death Valley

Post by Ludmilla » Sat August 6th, 2011, 9:12 pm

My husband took this photo from a scenic overlook of Death Valley in 2009:
(Oops! Dear husband informs me this is not inside of DVNP... it's a view of the desert valley before you get to Pahrump, NV, which is about an hour away. I just assumed it was in Death Valley because he saved it with our other photos there.)

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This is what it looked like as we exited Titus Canyon and entered Death Valley on the east side of the park and rain was moving in:

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Golden Canyon

Post by Ludmilla » Sat August 6th, 2011, 9:16 pm

This is a photo of Golden Canyon which is on the way to Bad Water Basin:

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Bad Water Basin

Post by Ludmilla » Sat August 6th, 2011, 9:22 pm

Our Approach to Bad Water Basin, lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level:

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Zabriskie Point

Post by Ludmilla » Sat August 6th, 2011, 9:27 pm

Finally, some photos of Zabriskie Point. I think this particular overlook has one of the most breathtaking views of any inside the entire park.

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Post by Misfit » Sat August 6th, 2011, 9:40 pm

Oh thanks for posting these. I've been through Death Valley once before but it's been years.
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Post by lauragill » Sat August 6th, 2011, 11:04 pm

Those pics are really beautiful.

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