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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Yep...Death Valley, CA!!!



William Kendall guessed where we are...
Death Valley, CA...
Have you ever been here???


Golden Canyon...



Devil's Golf Course...
an interesting area...salt crusted protrusions of earth...


Bad water basin is a salt flat...
and the lowest point in the western hemisphere...
282 feet below sea level...



Do you see the sign halfway up the cliff???
That's sea level!!!


The view from Zabriskie point...


The "badlands" on the other side of Zabriskie Point...


Do you see the guy walking in the valley?
Puts it all in perspective...


The Artist's Palette drive...
it's supposed to be spectacular at the Golden Hour and Sunset...
but it was quite cloudy so no extraordinary light effects this time...


A glass of wine...a beautiful view...a perfect end to a great day!!!

Death Valley is an interesting place to visit...
being from California, the desert isn't particularly new or special to us...
but Death Valley is quite unique.  
The colors...the striations...the salt flats...
all unique and beautiful in its own way.

And Furnace Creek Inn..
a very special place...
as TheChief said...elegant but not pretentious...
a lovely room...
fabulous dinners...
lovely sunset  deck...
originally built in 1927...
still as lovely as ever.

A winter destination spot for Mammoth-ites...

We'll be back...
next time, for spring flowers!!!


Linking to...



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God's wondrous earth...





22 comments:

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    1. Takk Dirk!!! It's a grandiose desert!!!

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  2. i have never been to Death Valley but i have it on my "must see list" for sure. we have friends that dry camp there often. they love it. they have solar panels & it is great for them. not sure of the time of the year but i know it is not when it is super warm. ( :

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    1. 130 degrees in the shade during summer!!! We always talk to the servers and Inn people when in the national parks service...they're always from somewhere interesting..usually European. This time there were several post-college age kids from around the states....and our waiter on Saturday night...is a permanent employee and has been there for 22 years!!! I was amazed!!!

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  3. Gorgeous scenery! Glad you had a good time!

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  4. Great post, Kathy! That last image is really fine!

    «Louis» posted historic First Presbyterian, Napa, CA.

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  5. I have not been there... but I want to see it for myself someday. These are gorgeous shots!

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  6. What an incredible place! I remember reading so many outdoors/adventure stories when I was younger about Death Valley - love the captures!

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  7. oh! those site names, thanks for sharing, have a nice Sunday

    much love...

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  8. Beautiful! I'm glad to know you like the Inn, too.

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    1. The Inn is phenomenal...built in the early 20's, elegant but not pretentious, excellent dining room, gorgeous pool, looked like clay tennis courts.....gorgeous views...especially at sunset!!!

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  9. I've never been to Death Valley, but after seeing your photos, I want to go! Nice shots all of them.

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  10. Remarkable looking place - I have wanted to visit Death Valley for a long time - but its a bit for for a day trip!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. We couldn't do a day trip either Stewart!!! We do know that DV is on the traditional travel route for a lot of International visitors.

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  11. Been there many years ago, in the 70s, when there were no tourist signs or railings. I have a salt crystal here in my living room... Your photos make me want to return.

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  12. Truly bizarre!! But beautiful.... I have never been there! =) Glad that you're getting out and about! That's the thing about California - during these months, you can get to summer or winter - your choice - in 'bout an hour! ;)

    =) xo

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    1. It took four hours here!!! Definitely one of the reasons I love California!!!

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  13. Absolutely fascinating. And great photos! http://bitaboutbritain.blogspot.co.uk/

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  14. Fantastic photos! The badlands photo is perfect shows the feel of the place.
    I've been in the Furnace Creek Inn In many times, but have never stayed there.

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