Saturday, January 23, 2010

Death Valley Day 2

The second day of our Death Valley getaway dawned clear and mild.

Mary got up early and got in a few laps at the pool.
After a hearty breakfast and a few cups of coffee we headed down to Badwater, the lowest point in North America at 278 feet below sea level.

This is a reflection of Telescope Peak rising over 11,000 feet above us.
Another view of Telescope Peak and the Panamint Range over the playa.
We drove a short while north and went for a hike along the base of the mountains. We explored several short and beautiful canyons along the way.

Here's Mary enjoying the scrambling.

On the way back to Furnace Creek we were attracted to this big wash.
The stark, almost lunar, landscape drew us in.

We greatly enjoyed the sweeping views, the colorful formations, the perfect weather, and the solitude of these hikes.

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