Spring Break Death Valley Trip – Day 2
May 12, 2012
No photos this morning (clear again) so it’s time to pack it up and head off to Death Valley National Park!
Unfortunately, not too much to tell today. No epic adventures, no spectacular stories. We pretty much just drove to Death Valley and started looking around for places to shoot.
We arrived too early to check into our hotel room, so we headed to Badwater to see what condition it was in. I keep hoping to hit it when it’s flooded, but alas, not to be this time (I think this is try #8 or #9). Still, we found some pretty nice areas to photograph, so I marked them on the GPS for a possible spot later this week.
Oh, if you’re wondering what Badwater is, it’s an area of salt flats that form into pretty cool polygon-style shapes. It resets itself every time it floods – here’s a shot from a couple years ago:
Cool area huh?
It was too early to check in, so we decided to check out the Natural Bridge hike and see if there was anything worth photographing there. Although it was pretty sweet, it’s nothing you’d want to hang on your wall. Still, it was a cool hike and worth seeing.
From there, we decided to do a quick pitstop and drove down Artist’s Drive. I’ve scoped it out many times before and – if the conditions are right – I think I have an area or two that would make for a good photo. However, this trip thorough was mostly to kill a little time and show it off to Grant.
Next, it was off to check into the hotel and drop off our gear. We decided to try Dante’s View for our shot tonight, so we zipped up the mountain and kept our fingers crossed – hoping for some nice light and clouds.
Yeah, no cool light, so no cool shots. Maybe next time. Fortunately, the forecast is talking about some interesting weather starting late tomorrow… At least we got some video and had a good time
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