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Death Valley - Under The Sea ..and.. Needs More Salt! - The art of Thornwolf
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Death Valley - Under The Sea ..and.. Needs More Salt!
Death Valley has a few salt pans, Devil's Golf Course being the largest salt pan in the United States. Here I'll show you Badwater, which holds the recorded lowest point in the US, and the Devil's Golf Course.

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First off, Badwater. Aptly named because while there is water, it is so polluted with salt, borax, and other minerals, it would be a very bad idea to drink it. Although surprisingly creatures do live in the water, such as the Badwater snail. Seems counterintuitive for a snail to live in a salty place.
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What's that sign say?
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Oh crap!
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The strip of land in the top of this photo is The Badwater Fan, a giant Alluvial Fan, one of many found in Death Valley. We saw part of it from above when we went to Dante's View at night, but it was way too cold and windy to stay there for long. Its hard to make out the shape from the ground, but the linked pic gives you an idea.
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At midnight we came back to Badwater and walked out onto the salt flat to see the salt crystals glow in the moonlight. It looks like you're in a frozen ocean with absolutely nothing around, and so deathly silent you think even your own heart beating is "too loud". If you haven't done this, you must! Best at a full or nearly full moon. Although we kept trying to scare ourselves with the occasional cold pockets of air being the ghosts of mule teams, but we decided that if there /were/ any ghosts they'd be too busy with the new WoW Licht King package to bother haunting us that night. Also...saltball fights? Not as fun as snowball fights. And not as refreshing :(

Next up, Devil's Golf Course. Someday, I /will/ whack some golf balls here. Would be hell to find them I'm certain. The thing about this place though is the salt crystals are so sharp, they will cut you oldschool if you even so much as look at them. Nooot a place I'd want to accidentally stumble through if I was a lost pioneer.
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Gretchen is unafraid.
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More to come!
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tarnac From: tarnac Date: November 17th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gretchen is fucking awesome, you mean.
akeyla From: akeyla Date: November 17th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
ooooh! I stood on same spot too, years ago. Only it was in mid July. I still remember having had to go to the loo ... the mere memory of that makes my hair stand up and my nosehairs curl.
areitu From: areitu Date: November 17th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gretchen is sitting on salt, but it looks like snow!
reyfox From: reyfox Date: November 17th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I say you haven't really been there until you go in July in 117-degree temperatures, like I did. I got to see those weirdos who do that "fun run" on the 4th of July. The local equivalent of the Polar Bears, I guess.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 18th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I've driven past Death Valley in high temps but probably wouldn't do it otherwise. Living in 120 degree Lake Havasu City was bad enough, and at least there's a water source close by. Purposely going on a desert vacation in the heat of summer without at least water activities being the goal just seems like no fun.
reyfox From: reyfox Date: November 18th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I went in order to feel the heat. When I found out that in July, temperatures can still be in the '90s overnight, I decided not to camp there.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: November 18th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
True, i guess when you've never felt that kind of heat its like a curiosity thing. I know what it feels like and I know I don't like it so i just tend to stay away in the peak months XD
martes From: martes Date: November 17th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
So can we look forward to you and/or Skorzy taking part in the Badwater Marathon? I think a photo travelogue of that would be highly amuse--er..educational.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badwater_Ultramarathon
aurorawolf From: aurorawolf Date: November 18th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Second from the last picture - wow, it just goes on and on!
xxbalaaxx From: xxbalaaxx Date: November 18th, 2008 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)
your adventures are epic. Keep postin :D.
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