This all worked out really well. smokepaw was going to be in town, and over Thanksgiving weekend skorzy and I were planning on taking a trip to DV anyways, when tarnac had announced that he and cannibalmouth would be camping there this weekend, so we all figured we'd make an outing of it. I love it when things fall into place nicely.
California is a very unique place in that we have both the highest point in the continental United States (Mt. Whitney) and the lowest, of course, being Death Valley, who's lowest point is a whopping 282 feet below sea level. Death Valley is also the hottest place in North America, with the record temperature being recorded coincidentally in the area we camped in (Furnace Creek) at 134. But I assure you, going in November is a much better option than going in mid July. I used to live in 120 degree weather and it's no picnic. The temp this trip varied between 80 and 90 degrees. Very pleasant, with minimal winds, and MUCH much much more enjoyable than Joshua Tree.
This trip doubled as a pleasure outing but also as a mini-lab for my Geology class. I'll be showing the photos to my teacher today as we're studying Death Valley in school. First stop is Golden Canyon!
Death Valley has many fault lines, which account for the extreme rock formations such as this one.
The Red Cathedral and solidified sand dunes
They actually tried to build a road through the canyon, but unfortunately since the majority of the formations were formed by flash floods, it didn't stand a chance.
Behold skorzy's mudstone throne!
Now something for the Geology nerds: What kind of crystals are these? They're not halite, I think they're calcite as they were not salty and were very delicate and chalky, but I didn't know crystals like that formed. They're between layers of /extremely/ delicate mudstone
Stay tuned for more!