Yet another national park without checking my annual pass. Was it even worth the price? (definitely sarcastic)
I am very much weirded and grossed out by feet. Shoes are usually something that I use to not just protect my feet but to protect people from having to see them. These sandals however are much different. They are all about function, and boy do they work well.
Back when I was in the working world I would take photos of my shoes when standing on grates. I figured why not try to continue the foot selfies, or felfies, during my trip. Also this is the lowest you can possibly get in America, below the shoes at least. The ground here reminds me of the Bonneville Salt Flats.
The Badwater Basin is just one of those places that you can feel more than see. The ease of breathing, weightless walking, high visibility, and a smooth trail. Oh did I mention the heat! I tried my best to capture the heat pouring out of the ground but without a subject between the heat and the mountain several miles away it just never got captured. It is very nice that the main vantage points in this park are driveable, the ground really does look like death. (Although I did have a radiator overflow and almost overheat my baby Dee)
What the? Is that water? Nah it's a mirage. Nah it's definitely water. It was 112 degrees at the lowest point in the USA and still somehow this water managed to not evaporate. Granted this "pool", or more like puddle, was only about 50-60 feet across. I was so amazed at the opportunity to get a reflection of the surrounding mountains down here. I wish I could have gotten closer at a better angle to get it in its full glory but I had to respect what mother nature was giving me and stay on the trail the park provided.
Seeing animals while I'm in the van and not in an area where I intend to camp is one of my favorite things about being in all these parks. (Otherwise that animal is threat to my comfort or food supply) Oddly enough the hotter it got the more animals I saw. One coyote was just checking out my van like he wanted a ride or something. He didn't have a sign but I'm pretty sure he was attempting to hitchhike. I wasn't able to get photos of any of the other guys but a did see a sign for one.
Last year in Yosemite a fellow Camp 4 member was telling me about DVNP.
Rest assured I vetted this guy, he checks out, he is a world traveler and had been to many dozen national and state parks. With this expectation I think it may have fallen a tad short specifically on the coolest place on the planet part. But the jury is still out on the most interesting. It just looks like one of those fields where they dump all different sands, minerals, salts, and gravel. Buttttt it's natural and they even serve cotton candy.
Definitely the most interesting part of the park is the Artists Drive culminating at Artists Palette. This place looks like the Baskin Robbins truck turned over and spilled down the mountain. (quick note: the ice cream would have melted before touching the ground, it was hot out, just saying). Dee kept trying to turn back and not climb up the foothills but I'm glad I coaxed her into making the climb