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From L.A. to Death Valley

Posted in American Culture & Politics, Travel by humanb on December 14, 2009

We took the scenic route from L.A. to Vegas via Death Valley, one of the hottest places on earth in summer.

It’s an easy and stunning drive through a primordial landscape of baked rock and pebbled soil that grows only the hardiest and thorniest of plant life.  The few animals that thrive there – reptiles and rodents – survive only on the water in their kills.

The mountains display a remarkable diversity of color, texture and feeling…

And Mosaic Canyon is a purifying place to hike…

The sky was an almost unnatural blue during our detour through Artist’s Drive. The scene was a ready-made pastel drawing…

The Badwater Basin is the lowest point in the United States, and the water is so scarce and saline that periods of drought leave little more than pools and paths of crystallized salt…

Death Valley offers a few stops for accommodation and gas…

But most of all, Death Valley offers a serenity, a simplicity and a scarcity after L.A. that you won’t realize you desperately needed until you’ve spent half a day in Las Vegas.

Next stop: Sin City.

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  1. al said, on December 16, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    what amazing photos! i’m enjoying following your travels – best wishes for the festive season! =)

  2. humanb said, on December 17, 2009 at 3:07 am

    Thanks. Happy Holidays to you too. 🙂

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