Death Valley, California

Over Spring break we decided to take a 4×4 trip across Death Valley, CA. The inspiration for the trip came from plane fights to Las Vegas from San Jose and looking out the window at the Mojave desert below and thinking….some day I want to go drive across that desert.

Well, it’s was even cooler than I had hoped. Standing 250 feet below sea level in a dried up salt lake that 20,000 years ago was 600 feet deep, I really did feel like being at the bottom of a dried up ocean. We luckily made it through 90 miles of open desert dirt roads over two days. I have never seen so many colorful rocks and mountain formations. Some day soon I would like to return to Death Valley.


Death Valley, California

Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley

I just returned from a 4×4 trip to the Mojave desert in Southern California.  More pics to come…. One of the many highlights of the trip was that I hitched my dirt bike to the back of our truck as a plan B if we got stuck out in the desert.

At sunset on two evenings I was able to take it for a ride down old Stovepiple Wells road, which is a super sandy, dead straight, eight mile sand track that leads out to an old stovepipe from the 49er gold rush.

After going several miles into the desert I found myself riding over snakes on the track every 30 to 40 yards…and with the sun setting quickly…no flashlight, gps, cell, and with no one having a clue where I was…or was going….

I thought I would stop and take a few pictures of this beautiful desert and enjoy the moment.

 

 

 

Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley