Today I’m sharing the last bit of me and Brendan’s drive across the US! I shared our stops at the Painted Desert and the Grand Canyon a few weeks back, so be sure to take a peek at them if you haven’t already. Death Valley is without a doubt the weirdest and most unsettling place I’ve been to. It’s beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but it’s literally the last place I’d ever want to get stuck or lost. Zero cell service, few people and heat like no other. We arrived a couple hours before sunset and it was 116° – imagine what it was like at high noon! If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be inside a hair dryer, Death Valley is the place to find out.
Stark white and grey mountains contrasted with a cloudless blue sky and you could literally see for miles. There are a lot of neat stops and vistas in the park, but we opted for Zabriskie Point and the Mesquite Flat Dunes. The sand dunes were my absolute favorite and also kind of bizarre. Brendan had fun jumping off of them though, so it was worth it for a few funny videos :) and some of my favorite pictures. If we ever go back, I’d love to go South to Badwater Basin and be at the lowest point in North America – 282 feet below sea level (and probably terribly hot). There are also these bizarre moving stones in the area? Like I said, Death Valley is a weird place.
And if spending the afternoon in the scorching desert wasn’t enough of an adventure, we drove through a mountain range in the pitch black without cell service or directions to get to a campsite where we could spend the night! Driving across the country was fun, guys :)
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Emily is a destination film wedding photographer. She loves natural light and is available to travel worldwide.