I started the day off by chasing a roadrunner around the parking lot for a photograph. Got it!
ON THE WAY TO THE CANYON
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.
LEADFIELD GHOST TOWN
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 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.
BORAX MUSEUM - FURNACE CREEK RANCH
On display at the Borax Museum is the equipment used for borax mining and transportation.
For a few miles along the highway between Furnace Creek, California and Las Vegas, Nevada there are Joshua Trees (Yucca brevifolia).