When I went to Death Valley, the one thing I was not expecting was the beauty of it. I was expecting it to be a dead place full of rocks, perfect for my inner geologist! But a little sad, because I love places teeming with life. What I found was a national park alive and full of stunning beauty everywhere you looked.
There were so many photos that I absolutely loved from the trip, I did take over 1000 of them in the short time that I was there. So here are the ones that I wanted to share, but I didn’t have time to once I got back to the daily grind of school and life.
Geology was everywhere you looked. Perfect for my inner rock nerd!
One thing that always surprises me everywhere I go is the amount of Asian tourists.
Me and three other girls from my group were walking along the playa at the lowest point in North America when a cute, little old Asian lady came up to us. She asked if she could take a picture with us. Sometimes I think me being 6’2″ had something to do with it, but I think it was just because we were Americans.
We also had the opportunity to monkey around on the rocks. Well, let’s be honest here, I didn’t (terrified of heights) but I took pictures of those that did. My favorite photo from the monkeying was one of the youngest member of our group, an 18 year old boy that believed he was invincible, probably still does….
During the night I was taught how to take astrophotography. I can safely say that it is my new favorite kind of photography! I even downloaded an Aurora Alert app, that seems to be pretty accurate, so I can snap some photos of the aurora. I still haven’t caught a phenomenal glimpse yet, but when I do you guys will be among the first to see it!
That glow along the eastern mountain range is Las Vegas. Crazy, isn’t it? And I just noticed I caught a shooting star just above the mountain!
We managed to find undeniable proof that ancient aliens did in fact exist and were documented in the petroglyphs. Nah, just kidding. But it does look like an alien…. dun dun duuuunnnn…..
Water and life were everywhere! I want to know why they call it Death Valley.
We found a castle among the sweltering heat. Some man named Scotty, built it and boy was it cool!
While we didn’t make it to the Eureka dunes, we were able to see some smaller dunes. And the ripples in the sand were way cool! Eolian processes folks.
All and all, Death Valley is teeming with life, history, and geology! I would recommend you plan a trip there in December when the temperature is milder.