So, off we go to Death Valley today. We had been here for a quick visit with Bunk and Brenda last year but today we decided to spend the better part of the day there. Death Valley isn't just a place to visit though; to the Shoshone Indian tribe
Death Valley is "home".
First stop, the Death Valley Visitor's Center to get our National Parks stamp and visit the Borax Museum
. Also found a couple of virtual geocaches here. (As an aside, a "Virtual Geocache" is one where there's no actual cache but there is information that must be mailed back to the cache owner in order to claim a "find". You'll find Virtual Caches in areas the prohibit the hiding of an actual cache...like national parks, monuments, etc.)
From the museum, we got back in the truck and headed to Badwater Basin
, the lowest point in North America. The mountains along the way were absolutely beautiful and I've included several pictures of these colorful hills, of course! Along the way, we passed Artist's Drive
which is supposed to absolutely beautiful but since we were a bit low on diesel at this point, we decided to come back some day next winter for that tour. We DID stop for a couple of gallons of that expensive diesel on our way out, though, because Death Valley is NOT somewhere where'd you want to run out of fuel, especially in July!
All in all, a very HOT enjoyable day.