|Lowest Point In America - Badwater Basin|
There is something about a National Park that gets me so excited inside. I love driving up to the gate and showing my annual pass and getting a map and guide. It's like an adventure is about to begin, and it does. This is the first National Park that I've experienced that doesn't have a guard gate. Perhaps because it gets so hot in the summer. In any case, I arrived late so I went to the visitor center to get a pass the following day.
I woke up early to drive to Badwater Basin to find that I was the only person there! As much as I love our National Parks, so does most everyone else. Getting a private spot at an overlook is pretty rare so I soaked up the moment. Badwater Basin is the lowest point in United States so it was a treat to be able to visit the spot. After that, I went on a hike to see a natural bridge, met Korean nun friends at the visitor center, ran the dunes with Max, then found a free camping site with a wild Burro watching over us. It really was a magical trip. In fact, I don't have anything bad to say about our National Parks. I love them so much that I wanted to visit another one the following day! We got up early and drove to Sequoia National Park to see the big trees. Unfortunately for us, we needed chains to do so and we didn't have any so Ranger Dave sent us on our way. I did get a nice portrait of him before we left so all was not lost.
I hope you get to one of our National Parks soon. It connects you in ways that the internet will never be able to and that's a good thing. Which is your favorite park? Here are some iphone images from our few days at the park.
|Koren Nuns Visiting Death Valley|
|Shut Down Motel near the park|
|Do you see our Burro friend?|
|Max loves running in the dunes|
|More happy dune running|
|Nothing for miles...|
|Full Timers planning their next move, a la Risk style|
|Crow flying from a Palm Tree|
|One of the most beautiful roads just outside of the park|
|An old Sign outside of the park|
|Max refused to leave the comfort of his warm bed in the morning.|
|Gas Station outside of park|
|Jumping on Salt in Badwater Basin|
|Ranger Dave denying entrance to the Sequoia National Park without chains|