We left Saline Valley on Sunday, May 11 and headed out via the South Pass this time. I love the scenery in the area mostly because of the geology. In desert conditions, you can actually see the rocks that form the mountains. This area was very geologically active at one time.
As we climbed through Grapevine Canyon saw lots of wildflowers, but no big horn sheep.
Once we got to the top, there were lots and lots of Joshua Trees. I really love seeing them. There is just something completely alien about them.
They make for a really strange landscape.
We ate lunch at Panamint Springs. I highly recommend the chili. It is an interesting place to visit and stay.
We drove through Death Valley & visited the Visitor Center. Unfortunately, it also had some significant winds blowing up dust really limiting visibility. For me, the great thing about being there is the starkness of the landscape. So not being able to see most of it was a real disappointment. This photo is from a much earlier visit. We used to come out here regularly, so there was a lot to live up to.
This was the kind of views we were getting and that is across the valley via the short side.
The high winds weren’t expected to clear up until the next afternoon. We had hoped to visit some of the traditional tourist attractions. Instead we just drove through.
We stopped at the Shoshone Inn and RV Park in Shoshone, CA. They had a natural hot springs pool that was really great especially after all the dust of the past several days. It was a late day getting in, but well worth it.