Loud crunching sounds came from under my feet as I wandered in awe at the Badwater Basin salt flats in Death Valley National Park. The clear blue skies created a unique contrast with the sharp peaks of the Panamint Mountains and bright white salt landscape that can be seen for miles. This is the lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level. The park actually has a sign up at sea level so visitors can put the elevation into perspective. 282 feet! It’s dangerous to scuba dive that deep without proper training. Yet here we were taking deep breaths and enjoying the beauty that surrounded us.
Josh and I visited in the winter when the heat is less extreme. We spent hours out on the salt flats taking pictures and getting creative with our camera. You can see my profile picture is one of many attempts to capture the fun. Here’s another:
After exploring the Badwater salt flats, we headed up to the Devil’s Golf Course, Artists Palatte and the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. The day flew by and we were exhausted. The park is too big to see it all in one day.