Badlands, that is. Some of the most beautiful badlands we’ve ever seen are here in Death Valley. And I personally think that if you photograph them before the sun has a chance to “light them up” (as was the case here) you get a better result. That’s not to say that they’re not beautiful after the sun pops over the horizon; I just think that the subtle lines, textures, and pastel colors that you see while it’s still a little dark are nicer. But that’s just me.
The only problem we had while staying in Death Valley was a complete lack of internet access. We were, as they say, “off the grid” for nearly 5 days. Hell, cell phones didn’t function all that well. Supposedly WIFI was available but I was never able to connect. Not that that was a big problem, but it was a little annoying. When we checked out this morning the girl at the desk finally admitted that their provider had been having “some difficulties”. No kidding.
And we finally got some serious warmth. High temperatures were in the high 80’s or low 90’s – just a little toastier than good old Rochester, NY. Of course 80’s and 90’s is still kind of cool for Death Valley. It’ll soon be in the 100’s. That’s a little too warm. And if you recall, Furnace Creek (where we stayed) holds the current record for highest temperature ever recorded in the United States (134 degrees in 1913).
We’re in Utah now. It’s perfect – about 70 degrees. Maybe I’ll stay here until Rochester breaks 50 (May?).