Death Valley National Park
Every area seems to glow in the morning and evening light. There is never a time where it feels like there is an absence of life. In fact it is thriving here, in its own way of course.
Off The Beaten Path
I spent the first three days here in isolated sections of the park, traveling dirt roads often requiring 4×4 driving at 10 miles an hour. I would encounter only a handful of other travelers each day. There is a bond shared between souls who venture to distant places in search of something off the beaten path. The quest for solitude and an immersive experience is quietly acknowledged.
Focusing on where I wanted to explore and photograph at sunset, I traveled to The Racetrack, a large, remote desert playa that is flat, hard packed (when dry), and home to the legendary moving rocks. These rocks mysteriously travel across the playa leaving distinct carved out tracks. For a while, how these rocks (some are 2 feet across) made their way hundreds of feet was unknown – but it seems science has found the answer: a combination of freezing conditions on the surface and wind over the years allows the rocks to travel. It’s really a shame that at some point people visiting the site have removed some of these rocks, but there are still plenty there to discover if one seeks them out.
The Night Sky
Being very far from any major city makes this park ideal for viewing the stars at night. The warm temperatures make it quite comfortable to walk around for several hours at night.