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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Death Valley

Around Furnace Creek campground

A few days in the quietness of Death Valley. So close to here.
No connection, no mouse click, no nothing, but breathtaking landscapes.
Very much needed sometimes.

Very few people. Silence.
A few coyotes. A beautiful tarantula. A sleepy rattlesnake.

Remains of harsh existences of the miners scattered through the valley. Modest camps. How did they spend their lives there? There are not many services today, but there was nothing at all at the time. Fascinating Aguereberry, who came from France and lived in Death Valley for 40 years until he died in 1954. He worked his claim mostly by himself.

"Remarkable persistence, not financial success, made him one of the most famous prospectors in the Panamint Ridge"
(on a sign at the entrance of his camp).

Red Pass - Titus Canyon
(one way road from Daylight Pass Road to Scotty's Castle Road)

Petroglyphs in Titus canyon

River bed - Leadfield (ghost Town)

In Titus canyon

In Titus canyon

The Devil's golf course (Badwater Basin),
282 feet (86m) below sea level

On our way to Zabriskie Point, from Golden Canyon

From Zabriskie point, early in the morning

Charcoal Kilns (Wildrose Canyon Road)

Cashier Mill, next to Eureka Mine (Aguereberry's),
Providence Ridge, on the road to Aguereberry Point

Harrisburg Flat, Next to Aguereberry Camp and Eureka Mine

Aguereberry Camp

Mesquite Flat sand dunes (next to Stovepipe Wells)


Lori said...

How wonderful!! I want to go and experience this. Maybe some day. In the mean time thanks for sharing.

Michele Guieu said...

I love that place! We are so lucky to have the National Parks! I just got some news from a woman I met in the Navajo Indian Reservation in Monument Valley, Utah, I cannot wait to go back there! I can easily picture myself touring all those places for months!
Hiking and camping, taking picture, drinking coffee next to the campfire - just being there!