Leaving Panamint Springs we had to cross the Saline Valley and then up over the Panamint mountains
and down below sea level into Death Valley.
The post cards which we sent from Death Valley were pretty negative - even ending with "we probably would not come back again." We wrote them after the first 2days here.
Well after 5 days it grows on you. The mountains on both sides of the valley are comprised of various colors as well as the valley floor. White, beige, tan, brown, dark brown, maroon, mustard, grey, black; wherever you looked the colors seemed to blend together. On a given mountain or canyon wall, they seemed to change from morning to noon to evening. The shadows of the canyons moved with the sun. Every trail we took was a new and different experience. Many of the roads we wanted to travel on required a high clearance 4x4. Even the gravel roads which we did travel on were pretty hard on the Saturn.
The plant life looks dead this time of year but it is living in a survivor mode. The quiet is incredible, just wind blowing in the sand and through the canyons. So we hope that we will have the honor to come back some day and discover a lot more of the quiet, elegant, beauty.
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