|We were all so excited|
Trying to play catch up is weird. I know what I want to share at the beginning of the day, but then low and behold I think of something that you might enjoy more. One of those things is our trip to Badwater Basin. While staying in Death Valley this was a no brainer for the family. Because of it's unique terrain it brings to mind just how much things can change with varying conditions.
|But before we did...lunch was needed!|
Trader Joe's to the rescue!
Badwater Basin is the lowest point in in the U.S at -282.2. Because it's fed by a small spring that brings in 'bad water' (NOT DRINKABLE!) the name was the only logical one.... The salt flats at the bottom are surrounded by salt formations that start up the hill then slowly descend down to the flats. These little mounds look like what would house fairies. It is hard to the touch. The area houses various life forms which the kids noticed in one of the pools of water. The reflection of the mountains in these little bits of water did tricks to my eyes. Such clear image from still water always brings a smile to my face.
|At the start of the walk we were|
met by these mounds.
Come to think of it....the mounds remind me of the sludge that remains after the snow has been shoveled to the edge of a road. The kind that melts then reforms the next day depending on how cold it is. I wouldn't recommend trying to stomp it. This is part of the Death Valley National Park and hence protected land.
|We were surprised by the amount of|
water we came across.
|Does this reflection play tricks on|
There is a sign displayed that tells you 'no dogs are allowed'. We had walked down across an area that takes some time, so we picked them up and carried them down the path. I felt like such a rule breaker! On the long walking path you take in the grandeur of the space. It is stark in color and seemingly never ends. The path is flat after descending a wheelchair/stroller ramp or stairs, so all can partake in the walk.
|High up one of the mountains 'sea|
level' was marked.
|Nice place to stop...!|
So, how would I rate Badwater Basin in D.V.N.P.? (1-5 with 1 being the lowest)
Convenience- 4.5 The drive was an easy one from where we were boondocked. We found a pretty level spot past the entrance on the side of the road for Eartha.
Staff- N/A It is a self-led trail.
Price- 5 There is no entrance fee for this activity.
|and now the trail/path!!!|
|A Family that walks together....|