Nov. 26-29, 1997
We were on the trip to the Death Valley National Park during the Thanksgiving long weekend, 1997. The flight to Las Vegas was delayed by more than two hours due to the weather and busy airport. It was Linus' first time to get on an airplane, and he was doing quite well on the plane. The traffic in Las Vegas was also terrible. We were probably four hours behind our original schedule. It was already dark when we arrived at the Furnace Creek in the Park. But there was some good news: the weather was warm and the sky had cleared up.
|Artists Drive is a loop going through rugged
canyon country. The colorful deposits of Artists
Palette are the results of mineral oxidization.
Reds, brown and oranges are iron; the purple
shades are manganese and the greens are thought
to be mica.
Do you find Linus in this picture?
|Mosaic Canyon can be reached
from Stovepipe Wells by a 2.5-mile drive up an
alluvial fan. Immediately above is an 0.5-mile
stretch of polished marble narrows.
We stopped there (the photo at the left) after about one hour hike because it was becoming more and more difficult to climb up and down with Linus sitting on my back (although Clare was carrying Linus when we took the picture, I carried Linus most of the time. Don't you believe me?).
|We had lunch in the parking lot
of the Salt Creek Trail. This trail is about half
an hour, easy and pleasant walk on the paved
There is still water in the creek. There are also some creatures living in the Salt Creek although we didn't see any of them.
|Built in the 1920s as a vacation retreat by Walter Scott, a prospector and sometimes a con man, and Albert Johnson, a Chicago millionaire.|
|Ubehebe Crater is 2400 feet in diameter. It was created about 1000 years ago during a tremendously destructive volcanic eruption. There are also several smaller craters nearby. We saw someone hike down the Crater; we didn't even think about it.|
We stayed in Beatty (a small town about 20 miles from Death Valley) on the previous night. We decided to pass by the park and went to the Dantes View on our way back to Las Vegas. The last few miles to Dantes View are very winding. The view there is stunning. From this point, 5475 feet above sea level, one can see the lowest point in the Death Valley, plus spectacular views of the Panamint Range and the surrounding mountains.
Because of the detour to the Dantes View, we were almost late for out flight in Las Vegas. We got on the plane just 5 minutes before the plane took off. In general, this was one of the best trips we've ever planned.
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