Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A drive through the canyons

I started the day off by chasing a roadrunner around the parking lot for a photograph.  Got it!

It was a nail biting drive to Titus Canyon the scenery was more spectacular with each bend in the road. The day was bright, warm and sunny just like all the days in DVNP.

This is the road and the road keeps going up, it hairpins around the mountain in the distance. We must cross this range and a few others before arriving at Titus Canyon.
Garry wanted this shot it is apparently interesting geology, I think it looks a mess, maybe that is why Garry wanted the geology shot.
Up and over one range now to cross another.
The rocks change color with each bend  in the road.


We enter Titus Canyon which was about a three hour round trip from Furnace Creek Ranch. The road to the canyon is only suitable for 4WD, AWD or high clearance SUV's, we have rented an SUV. Once we turned off the main road onto the dirt track crossing the alluvial fan the road was rocky and bumpy.  The road goes up, up, up, around, and over the mountains behind the canyon.  It is a ONE WAY road which alleviated some fear but the steep drop up or down on the tight curves caused me to hold my breath.  In the canyon the views are breathtaking at times the canyon walls are only twenty feet apart.  The rocks are a mess, they are twisted in all directions but that makes them interesting to look at. The photographs show you the canyon and Petroglyphs along the way .....

We saw some yesterday and again today, quail.

We stopped at Salt Lake to see the Pup Fish and walked along the boardwalk over the Saltgrass to the lake.  Something was biting me and it was extremely hot.  A European couple were coming back from the walk so I asked if they saw any Pup Fish and they said, "no, it is all dried up".  So we turned around and continued on our travels.

The drive through Mustard Canyon is short, only about ten minutes, but it is very pretty and the rocks are indeed a mustard color.

On display at the Borax Museum is the equipment used for borax mining and transportation.
Where's the water? One bonus, at 178 feet below sea level is that we did not get altitude sickness, no huffing and puffing to go uphill.
Me, it is not the lowest point on the trip, but the the ranch is at 178 feet below sea level.

For a few miles along the highway between Furnace Creek, California and Las Vegas, Nevada there are Joshua Trees (Yucca brevifolia).

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