End of Year Road Trip -Part 1 {Death Valley}

As 2017 came to a close, I was anxious to get out on one last road trip. I wasn’t really sure where to go but I knew I wanted to head north and explore the Sierras and maybe Oregon as well. I loaded up my 4runner with some gear and headed out on a Thursday evening, bound for the desert. I decided that it would be nice to revisit Death Valley, since I hadn’t been there since 2009! I slept just south of the park out on a remote dirt road before getting up at 5am to drive to Badwater. The faint glow of daylight was just starting to creep across the eastern horizon when I arrived to one of the more austere landscapes of Death Valley. At -282ft, Badwater also has the 8th lowest elevation in the world!

The sunrise was beautiful with some nice pastel painted across the morning sky. After shooting out on the salt flats, I headed north to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. I love shooting sand dunes and the compositions seem endless. After a much needed nap, I headed out of the park and decided to spend the rest of the evening in one of my favorite locations, the Alabama Hills just outside of Lone Pine. I found an isolated spot to camp out under the stars and enjoyed a good dinner and book, away from the chaos of Southern California. A perfect night.

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