Day 221-233 November 19 – December 1 Death Valley National Park, California


Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park


Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park

Stayed a week at Furnace Creek, first off the weather here is fantastic highs around 80 with the lows in the low 50s. My favorite spot is the Mesquite Sand Dunes they are not the tallest but the largest in Death Valley. Made several trips to the dunes for sunrise and sunset, I do preferred sunrise the lighting on the dunes is amazing in the morning. I found the main parking area to be heavily traveled and preferred parking 1.25 miles east of the parking area and hiking to the dunes roughly a one mile hike one way, here I could photograph the dunes with no foot prints on them and with a great mountain background. Gas prices in Death Valley does vary a lot at Furnace Creek it was 4.22 per gallon at Stovepipe Wells 30 miles north gas was 3.85 per gallon and 40 miles west of Stovepipe Wells at Panamint Springs gas was 5.98 per gallon. Needless to say I did end up buying gas for the car but only needed 11 gallons and did buy it at Stovepipe Wells. I’m glad that I filled the RV in Las Vegas at 2.95 per gallon.
The second week stayed at Panamint Springs photograph the Panamint Dunes they’re 8 miles north of the campground, there is a very rough dirt road that you can drive that will get you about 3 ½ miles for the dunes.  It takes about 40 minutes to drive the 6 miles of dirt road then another 1½ hours to walk to the dunes.  To get to the dunes for sunrise I headed out at 3:50am parked the car at 4:30am then made the 1 ½ hour hike to the dunes. The dunes are a bit smaller than Mesquite Sand Dunes unfortunately most of the dunes had already been walked on and were not that photogenic but I did get a few shots. My last couple of mornings in Death Valley I made the 28 mile drive back to Mesquite Sand Dunes for sunrise and I’m glad I did the clouds the last morning turned out fantastic.

Artist’s Palette, Death Valley National Park

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park
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We're staying on Lake Vermilion through June 6th then heading to Ham Lake MN to visit with family and friends along with any doctor visits that are needed.

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