Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Day 2 Death Valley
Before heading out on the trail, we stopped in at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center to check on trail conditions. Everything looked good so we headed out for a quick stop at the Harmony Borax Works for a bit of a history lesson on why people ever chose to live and work in such inhospitable environment. The answer: Borax! We then hiked from beautiful Zabreiski's Point, through Golden Canyon and over to Red Cathedral. The views and the many colors of the rock were stunning! From Zabriskie's Point, you can view the Panamint Mts, which are over 11,000 ft high, and the bottom of the valley, 200+ feet below sea level. It is quite a sight. After our hike we headed back to Furnace Creek for a nice picnic lunch in the shade of the palm trees (thankfully!) and for a quick ice cream break at the resort store. Our route out of the park took us to Badwater Salt Flats, at 282 ft below sea level and past some beautiful road side wildflowers. Tonight, it's chili for dinner and a nice soak in the Tecopa Hot Springs.