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Our hotel at Furnace Creek
I'm soooo tired. Up at 3:30 this morning, in the car at 4:15 to drive to BWI. Flight at 7 a.m. Smooth ride to Las Vegas. Met group at 10:30 a.m. Drove halfway to Death Valley and ate lunch at a great Mexican restaurant. Did grocery shopping for essentials: wine, fruit, granola bars. Continued to Death Valley.
178 feet below sea level!
Arrived at Furnace Creek Ranch around 4:00. 4:00 - 4:10, unpacked. 4:10 - 4:30, walked around ranch. 4:40, left for Zabriskie Point. Got there about 15 minutes before the sun set behind the hills. Wind was fierce -- 50+ mph gusts. Cameras and tripods were blowing over and hitting the ground (not mine). Came back to ranch to debrief, review itinerary, etc. Group left for dinner. I am blogging.
Keep in mind, as I write this, it is 8:00 here, but 11:00 on my watch. So, I will post this before midnight, but maybe not before your midnight.
The landscape here is awesome and awe-inspiring. I have never seen anything like it. There are flat, scrubby places, and then huge mountains jutting straight out of the ground. There are rock formations that look like soft, bunched fabric. The colors are amazing. It is so beautiful and wondrous that I said to someone in my group that if the only photos I got were the ones I took tonight at Zabriskie Point and then we left, it would have been worth the time and the money it took to get here. I would be happy. But there will be more, I promise.
Opposite Zabriskie Point
Yesterday, I was at George Washington's home. Today I am in Death Valley. It would have taken George Washington weeks or months to get here, with so much hardship along the way. It took me a few hours. We live in a marvelous time and a beautiful country. I wish George Washington had been able to see what I have seen today, to know what lay beyond those Blue Ridge Mountains. He would have been as awestruck as I am, I'm sure.
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