“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs and gleams.”- Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince.
(Death Valley pictures at surendra.smugmug.com)
So why would you go to Death Valley where summer temperature can soar to 135 degrees F? A question I was asked. Here’s why…
It is only in the desert that all elements of nature come together to paint a canvas silently and all too quickly, as if there was an artist painting and then rethinking and repainting:
and when nature cooperates the impact can be breathtaking
where life can flourish
or bravely lie dormant not dead:
..where oxidized minerals (iron salts,manganese,mica) produce an artists palette
and slot canyons (Mosaic Canyon) with layers of breccia and marble:
…while Cottonball marsh (how I missed my gum boots) a huge expanse of mud, salt and water provides interesting landscapes:
and interesting reflections. This is where snow peaks, salty marsh and slush come together!
Who can miss the sunset 282 feet below sea level in the Badwater landscape..
The desert can be a lonely place and as I made my way back I noticed I was low on gas, frightfully low as I noticed the warning glow. I drove on and on and then I picked up my phone to find myself in an”Oh shit” moment as good ol’ AT&T proudly proclaimed no signal! No traffic in the desert either… miraculously the GPS indicated a gas station a few miles ahead! Lessons noted – where possible fill those tanks! Or else you may have another interesting story to tell!