前一天晚上十一點左右到時,風大得像在刮颱風,只好將車停成一排擋風,沒想到隔天清晨迎接我們的是如此寧靜的美景。
A beautiful sunrise in Death Valley
準備出發
Preparing for the long drive.
先到Furnace Creek 遊客中心探聽一下今天附近的狀況
The Furnace Creek Center
只要沿途完成要求的各項活動即可成爲榮譽ranger
Looking over the Junior Ranger activities booklet.
迫不及待已經開始他們的mission
Leaving the Furnace Creek Center for the Salt Creek trail.
Salt Creek Trail 的起點
On boardwalk
唯一可以見到Pupfish蹤影的Salt Creek
An imformation marker about wildlife on the trail
今年雨量還不算少,這兒還很勉強能稱得上條溪...很擔心乾旱的時候Pupfish怎麽辦。
the shallow creek is home to many hardy pupfish.  I wonder how they survive the droughts
強悍的Pupfish可以在白天近攝氏40度和夜間零下的水溫中生存。 這裡(Salt Creek) 的含鹽量更是海水的數倍之高。不得不佩服他們的韌性吧!
魚兒魚兒,你們是逆境中的勇士!
Pupfish are a rare species of fish that are endemic to the Death Valley area, and can survive extreme temperatures(40+ to below zero F) and concentration of salt in the water.
想捕捉它們小小的身影還真是需要點努力
It's hard to snatch a good photo of the tiny pupfish.  Careful not to touch the water!
沒想到Pupfish很小一隻,雖然有點失望,但想想它們能在這種環境存活下來已經太不容易了,應該高興還能有緣見到它們快樂地在這鹹死又燙死人的水中快樂地游著。
Another Pupfish.
這條淺到不能再淺的小溪就是Pupfish的全世界
Returning from Salt Creek
龜裂的大地
In some areas in Death Valley such as Salt Creek, the sand is hardened and looks like clay.
Salt Creek
Salt Creek
想要保有美麗的風景就要靠大家的公德心。在這裡大家都很守規矩地走在木板道上,所以沙上沒有人們留下的腳印,水裏也沒有人爲的污染。魚兒們也可在和大自然抗爭的同時安心的在水裏嬉戲。
people are very cooperative, not even a foot print was left here on the sand
Salt Creek
Scotty's Castle建於1922年。左下方的凹地原來是游泳池。
Scotty's Castle is a Spanish villa buit in 1922 by a millionare, Albert Johnson, who was the President of the National Life Insurance Company for many years.  Later, his friend Walter Scott claimed that he had built the castle for himself, and it became known as "Scotty's Castle"
Scotty‘s Castle 因地勢較高所以倒是還算涼爽
The Castle was built to be the Johnson's winter vacation home.
Scotty's Castle
Scotty's Castle
stairway
Scotty's Castle
Scotty's Castle
Scotty's Castle
門上方左右各有一個不同的小雕像,是否有像我們門神的意思?
奇怪的時鐘,仔細一看原來是日晷(sundial)
An odd looking sundial on the castle.
A wishing well
不要懷疑,這真的是口井,只是早已乾枯了。現在裏面滿滿是大家丟進去的銅板。
Scotty's Castle
Scotty's Castle
西部味十足的風向標
Scotty的墓建在可以俯瞰他的castle的山丘上,旁邊(不在照片中)陪伴他長眠于此的是他的狗狗Windy。
Walter Scott convinced a millionare named Albert Johnson to invest in his nonexistent gold mine, and despite the fraud, the two became good friends.  He died in 1954 and was buried on the hill overlooking Scotty's Castle.  His dog Windy was buried next to him.
俯瞰Scotty's Castle
雖然短暫,卻是一個完全屬於她的春天
Rafinesquia neomexicana
Scotty's Castle
Phacelia distans
Phacelia distans
夠老爺了吧!
短暫的絢爛
石塊間 跳躍的音符
Eschscholzia glyptosperma
happy notes between the rocks
繼續朝榮譽Ranger的目標邁進
comparing notes on the ranger booklet
剛被餵飽飽的一車小朋友
fed and ready to go
火山口
火山口
快被拖入火坑的狗狗
This dog does not have the faintest idea of how deep the crater is and how close it is to the edge.
沉澱心靈的好地方
it's a good place to cleanse one's thought
由於斜坡相當陡,一不小心是很容易滑倒的
Ubehehe
Ubehebe in Native American word meaning "Big basket in the rock."
這個被印第安人成爲岩石中的大籃子的火山口估計約在四至七千年前形成。
Winny on the way down
Tyler coming back up
沒擦防曬油的結果
回程煞是艱苦!由於都是碎石,加上坡又陡,每走一步就到滑回來三分之二步。真的沒誇張!大家都是下山一條龍,上山一條蟲。
下到底,迎接我們的是Tylr 用石塊排的大大的“Hi”字
bottom view
It's half a mile (one kilometer) wide, 500 to 777 feet (150 to 237 m) deep.
火山口徑有大約一公里寬,最深的地方有237公尺深
看到這位偉大的爸爸竟然可以臉不紅氣不喘把兒子背上來,大家不約而同地給他熱烈的掌聲!
小朋友們一到Mosaic就忍不住開始在石壁上到處攀爬。
Mosaic Canyon
Mosaic Canyon
猜得出爲何稱此處爲Mosaic( 馬賽克)Canyon了嗎?
It's fun climbing the rocky canyon walls.
Mosaic Canyon
看來不是只有小朋友忍不住...
Mosaic Canyon
Mosaic Canyon
Mosaic Canyon
Mosaic Canyon
Mosaic Canyon
峽谷有些地方窄到只能一個人攀爬而過。
some passages can be very narrow
Mosaic Canyon
Mosaic Canyon
Mosaic Canyon
接近Sand Dune 的邊緣
getting close to the Mesquite Dunes
在死亡谷,處處都可看到大地乾凅的呐喊
The word "DROUGHT" here in Death Valley is spelled in capital letters.
這個沙丘曾出現在星際大戰的電影當中。
Mesquite Dunes was used in one of the Star War movies.
sunset
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes是以其主要的植物豆科灌木Mesquite而命名。這裡的沙丘又平地緩緩上升約一百呎左右。
This dune is named after the Mesquite plants that's native here. The dunes here can rise 100 ft from the ground.
風的創作
Ripples in the dunes
Mesquite Dunes
可惜時間不夠到更遠更無人跡的沙丘。 死亡谷共有5處沙丘,各有不同的特色。雖都是在同個國家公園中,但是由於這裡地方太大,幾個沙丘又相距太遠,所以這一趟只有機會造訪Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes。
Mesquite is one of the five sand dunes in Death Valley National Park.  Each of them has it's own distinguishing characteristic.
每人四元美金可以在沙漠中好好的洗個澡,然後跳入較體溫稍涼一些的泳池中享受個清涼的夏夜。
Here, you can enjoy a nice shower in the desert and then jump into the pool to have a great evening with just four dollars.
Zabriskie Point 以日出的美景而聞名,天還沒亮就吸引了許多愛好攝影者前來。
here is famous for it's beautiful sunrise
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
there's trail takes you further down into the the canyon
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
耐心地等候...
waiting patiently for the sun to rise above the mountain behind us
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
the sun finally showed his face from behind the mountain
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
看著太陽高高升起,令人不由得充滿了朝氣!
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
會不會讓你想起迪士尼動畫的獅子王呢?
Doesn't it remind you of the movie "The Lion King"?
Zabriskie Point
回營地的路上繼續欣賞怡人的景色
amazing scenery on our way back to the campground
由於事前不知道有人過生日,在這荒郊野外竟然還變得出蛋糕來,看來我們的壽星還真是幸運!大家就地取材,用紙盤充當賀卡,一起祝Wesley生日快樂。
HAPPY 50!
birthday party
birthday party
三冠王,最低最熱最乾燥!西半球最低點就在這裡,海平面下86公尺。夏季溫度可以高達攝氏57度! 所以要暢遊死亡谷真的要先做點功課,才能玩得安全又盡興。
The hottest (summer temperature can reach 137 degree F), lowest (282 ft below sea level) and driest (1.9 inch average rainfall) point of the Western Hemisphere.
Badwater Pool裏面存在著像Badwater Snail,一些昆蟲和植物等的稀有生物,所以受到保護,禁止進入。
the pool here is protected
此處特有的生物,是無殼蝸牛類的一種
Badwater
太陽真的好烈!兩位正在強顏歡笑...
under the scorching sun
Badwater
約呈六角型的如蜂窩般的排列的鹽塊,是泥土地上鹽的結晶經年反復著冷凍,解凍和蒸發過程而產生的擠壓的所形成。
The hexagonal shapes are formed after the salty pan begins to dry and the salt crystals expand.
Badwater
Badwater
Badwater
越遠處的鹽塊越大片
The saucers seem to get bigger when we go deeper into the basin.
Badwater
還會牽絲呢!
salt crystals with thin thread attached
Badwater
鹽的結晶。据同行的朋友告知,嚐過之後發現不是太鹹。
salt crystals
我也來嚐嚐看
箭頭所指處是海平面的高度
That little yellow arrow is pointing to a sign that reads, "SEA LEVEL".
前進自然橋
這就是第一座自然橋,再往裏面走還有另一座,但我們決定不再往前去了
鑽木取火嗎?
Tyler堆堆樂,希望後來的人不會以爲這是什麽印第安人的遺跡還要合影留念才好...
遠處就是Badwater,以前的人來到此,又熱又渴,看到Badwater以爲找到了水源,等到走近一看才發現是一大片的鹽地,就算是局部有小灘的水也鹹得根本不能喝,所以稱它為Badwater。我們現在看到覺得是美景,但對1849年因淘金熱而來到這裡的人來説,卻像是煉獄。
進入Artist‘s Drive
entering Artist's Drive loop
應觀衆要求演出走不動的戲碼,還行嗎?
五彩繽紛的石塊
Artist's Pallet
Artist's Pallet
Artist's Pallet
Artist's Pallet
再惡劣的環境都找得到充滿生機的角落
Geraea canescens 
flowers thrive in this impossible condition
天啊!不知道這既熱又乾燥的大地是用什麽來做她的顔料?
Artist's Pallet
會不會讓你有想作畫的衝動?
all these colors make me want to start painting
從沙石中冒出來充滿生命力的小野花
Artist's Pallet
稱爲魔鬼的高球場是因爲此處遍佈著既堅硬又有棱有角的大型結晶鹽塊,只有魔鬼能夠在這樣的地勢中打高爾夫球。
感謝Christina的照片提供
Rough surface formed of large salt crystals.  Only devil could play on such a surface.
好像在坐雲霄飛車的190號公路
a roller coaster ride on Fwy 190
on our way home
特別吧!
unusual rocks
回程在127號公路往Baker方向走時,看到了一個在Death Valley NP 以外的沙丘。
Dumont Dunes outside of Death Valley National Park
Dumont Dunes again
2009 Death Valley 加州死亡谷之旅全紀錄
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Author: Winny Clum (樂文) (ID: 3612)
Posted: 2009-05-02 10:12 GMT+00:00
Mileage: 236.42 km
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You would love Death Valley If you appreciate landscapes. It got a bit of everything! A trip to the Death Valley can be a memorable journey, although careful planning is critial due to the the occasional harsh weather condition.

這次我將加入了上次未收錄在遊記中的景點照片。

Salt Creek: Home of pupfish
鹽溪: Devil's Hole pupfish的唯一的家。強悍的Pupfish可以在白天近攝氏40度和夜間零下的水溫中生存。 這裡(Salt Creek) 的含鹽量更是海水的數倍之高。不得不佩服他們的韌性吧!

Scotty's Castle: Scotty's Castle (aka Death Valley Ranch) was built in 1922 by Albert Johnson at a cost of $1.4 million. Walter Scott convinced the millionare Albert Johnson to invest in his nonexistent gold mine, and despite the fraud, the two became good friends. Later, Walter Scott claimed that he had built the castle for himself, and it became known as "Scotty's Castle". Scott died on January 5, 1954 and was buried in a hill next to the castle alongside his dog Windy.
1922年美國富豪Albert Johnson花了一百四十萬美元爲了渡假所建造的一棟西班牙式豪宅。 後來被騙他到死亡谷開採金礦的Water Scott稱爲己有, Johnson竟然也不以爲意,只因他覺得比較起Scott帶給他的生活樂趣,房子算不了什麽(不是太有錢,就是頭殼壞掉)。Scotty's Castle在1970年由美國國家公園以八十五萬美元購得.

Ubehehe Crater: 這個被印第安人成爲岩石中的大籃子的火山口估計約在四至七千年前形成。火山口徑有大約一公里寬,最深的地方有237公尺深。
Ubehebe Crater is volcanic crater about 500 feet (150m) deep and half a mile (1km) deep. The crater was formed about 6000 years ago. Ubehebe means "Big Basket in the Rock" in Native American.

Mosaic Canyon 馬賽克峽谷: 光滑的大理石岩壁中,鑲著形形色色不同的小石塊。這裡岩壁的石縫中並不適合蛇和其他昆蟲的藏匿,所以可以盡情的攀爬,但由於它相當光滑,所以還是得小心。

Mesquite Flat Sand Dune: This dune is named after the Mesquite plants that's native here. It has appeared in one of the Star War movies.
Mesquite沙丘: 到了這像到了無亙的沙漠中,如果想要更深入去找沒有人跡的沙丘,建議最好把GPS帶上,免得找不到路回來。

Zabriskie Point:here is famous for it's beautiful sunrise
此處以日出的美景而聞名。 許多攝影師天還未亮就在這兒耐心地等待捕捉光和影追逐的畫面。

Badwater: The hottest (summer temperature can reach 137 degree F), lowest (282 ft below sea level) and driest (1.9 inch average rainfall) point of the Western Hemisphere.
壞水: 三冠王,西半球最低最熱最乾燥的地方!位於海平面下86公尺。夏季溫度可以高達攝氏57度!以前淘金熱的人來到此,又熱又渴,遠遠看到Badwater高興地以爲找到了水源,等到走近一看才發現是一大片的鹽地,就算是局部有小灘的水也鹹得根本不能喝,所以稱它為Badwater。 雖然現在的人麽有車和其他先進的小道具,但基於氣候和地理因素,要暢遊死亡谷真的要先做點功課,才能玩得安全又盡興。

Natural Bridge 天然橋:在我的感覺上比較沒有其他景點來的特殊,只是峽谷中有天然連接峽谷兩側的拱石。喜歡健行或者行程時間充裕的人可以來走走看看。

Artist's Drive:這裡的石塊顔色繽紛,環行道路帶你輕鬆的將美景盡收眼底。

Artist's Pallet 藝術家的調色盤:死亡谷曾被開採出銀礦和硼砂,但不知道這麽多的顔色究竟是怎麽來的。

Devil's Golf Course:Rough surface formed of large salt crystals. Only devil could play on this kind of surface.
魔鬼的高球場: 得到這個稱號是因爲此處遍佈因風和水的風化和侵蝕而形成的既堅硬又有棱有角的大型結晶鹽塊,約有到近膝蓋的高度。只有魔鬼能夠在這樣的地勢中打高爾夫球。

FurnaceCreek Campground
前一天晚上十一點左右到時,風大得像在刮颱風,只好將車停成一排擋風,沒想到隔天清晨迎接我們的是如此寧靜的美景。
A beautiful sunrise in Death Valley
first morning
準備出發
Preparing for the long drive.
Tourist Center
先到Furnace Creek 遊客中心探聽一下今天附近的狀況
The Furnace Creek Center
Getting the Junior Ranger packet
只要沿途完成要求的各項活動即可成爲榮譽ranger
Looking over the Junior Ranger activities booklet.
Depating
迫不及待已經開始他們的mission
Leaving the Furnace Creek Center for the Salt Creek trail.
Salt Creek trailhead
Salt Creek Trail 的起點
Salt Creek
On boardwalk
Salt Creek, home of pupfish
唯一可以見到Pupfish蹤影的Salt Creek
An imformation marker about wildlife on the trail
the creek is quite shallow
今年雨量還不算少,這兒還很勉強能稱得上條溪...很擔心乾旱的時候Pupfish怎麽辦。
the shallow creek is home to many hardy pupfish. I wonder how they survive the droughts
Pupfish, one of the toughest of all fish.
強悍的Pupfish可以在白天近攝氏40度和夜間零下的水溫中生存。 這裡(Salt Creek) 的含鹽量更是海水的數倍之高。不得不佩服他們的韌性吧!
魚兒魚兒,你們是逆境中的勇士!
Pupfish are a rare species of fish that are endemic to the Death Valley area, and can survive extreme temperatures(40+ to below zero F) and concentration of salt in the water.
Salt Creek
想捕捉它們小小的身影還真是需要點努力
It's hard to snatch a good photo of the tiny pupfish. Careful not to touch the water!
a closer look
沒想到Pupfish很小一隻,雖然有點失望,但想想它們能在這種環境存活下來已經太不容易了,應該高興還能有緣見到它們快樂地在這鹹死又燙死人的水中快樂地游著。
Another Pupfish.
tourists are good at leaving the natural environment unharmed here
這條淺到不能再淺的小溪就是Pupfish的全世界
Returning from Salt Creek
Salt Creek
龜裂的大地
In some areas in Death Valley such as Salt Creek, the sand is hardened and looks like clay.
Salt Creek
Salt Creek
Salt Creek
想要保有美麗的風景就要靠大家的公德心。在這裡大家都很守規矩地走在木板道上,所以沙上沒有人們留下的腳印,水裏也沒有人爲的污染。魚兒們也可在和大自然抗爭的同時安心的在水裏嬉戲。
people are very cooperative, not even a foot print was left here on the sand
Salt Creek
Scotty's Castle
Scotty's Castle建於1922年。左下方的凹地原來是游泳池。
Scotty's Castle is a Spanish villa buit in 1922 by a millionare, Albert Johnson, who was the President of the National Life Insurance Company for many years. Later, his friend Walter Scott claimed that he had built the castle for himself, and it became known as "Scotty's Castle"
Scotty's Castle
Scotty‘s Castle 因地勢較高所以倒是還算涼爽
The Castle was built to be the Johnson's winter vacation home.
Scotty's Castle
Scotty's Castle
stairway
Scotty's Castle
Scotty's Castle
Scotty's Castle
Scotty's Castle
門上方左右各有一個不同的小雕像,是否有像我們門神的意思?
sundial
奇怪的時鐘,仔細一看原來是日晷(sundial)
An odd looking sundial on the castle.
Scotty's Castle
A wishing well
Scotty's Castle
不要懷疑,這真的是口井,只是早已乾枯了。現在裏面滿滿是大家丟進去的銅板。
Scotty's Castle
Scotty's Castle
Scotty's Castle
西部味十足的風向標
Scotty's Castle
Scotty的墓建在可以俯瞰他的castle的山丘上,旁邊(不在照片中)陪伴他長眠于此的是他的狗狗Windy。
Walter Scott convinced a millionare named Albert Johnson to invest in his nonexistent gold mine, and despite the fraud, the two became good friends. He died in 1954 and was buried on the hill overlooking Scotty's Castle. His dog Windy was buried next to him.
Scotty's Castle
俯瞰Scotty's Castle
Desert Chicory
雖然短暫,卻是一個完全屬於她的春天
Rafinesquia neomexicana
Scotty's Castle
Blue Phacelia
Phacelia distans
Phacelia distans
Scotty's Castle
夠老爺了吧!
wild flower near Scotty's Castle
短暫的絢爛
Golden Poppy
石塊間 跳躍的音符
Eschscholzia glyptosperma
happy notes between the rocks
Scotty's Castle
繼續朝榮譽Ranger的目標邁進
comparing notes on the ranger booklet
Scotty's Castle
剛被餵飽飽的一車小朋友
fed and ready to go
Ubehebe Crater
火山口
W, W, T before going down the crate...
火山口
to close to danger
快被拖入火坑的狗狗
This dog does not have the faintest idea of how deep the crater is and how close it is to the edge.
someone
沉澱心靈的好地方
it's a good place to cleanse one's thought
steep
由於斜坡相當陡,一不小心是很容易滑倒的
Ubehehe
Ubehebe
Ubehebe in Native American word meaning "Big basket in the rock."
這個被印第安人成爲岩石中的大籃子的火山口估計約在四至七千年前形成。
Winny on the way down
Tyler coming back up
flaky ground
沒擦防曬油的結果
arduous way back
回程煞是艱苦!由於都是碎石,加上坡又陡,每走一步就到滑回來三分之二步。真的沒誇張!大家都是下山一條龍,上山一條蟲。
Hi from Tyler
下到底,迎接我們的是Tylr 用石塊排的大大的“Hi”字
bottom view
bottom view Panorama
It's half a mile (one kilometer) wide, 500 to 777 feet (150 to 237 m) deep.
火山口徑有大約一公里寬,最深的地方有237公尺深
Go! Daddy Go!
看到這位偉大的爸爸竟然可以臉不紅氣不喘把兒子背上來,大家不約而同地給他熱烈的掌聲!
Mosaic Canyon
小朋友們一到Mosaic就忍不住開始在石壁上到處攀爬。
Mosaic Canyon
Mosaic Canyon
Mosaic Canyon
猜得出爲何稱此處爲Mosaic( 馬賽克)Canyon了嗎?
It's fun climbing the rocky canyon walls.
Mosaic Canyon
Mosaic Canyon
看來不是只有小朋友忍不住...
Mosaic Canyon
Mosaic Canyon
Mosaic Canyon
Mosaic Canyon
Mosaic Canyon
Mosaic Canyon
峽谷有些地方窄到只能一個人攀爬而過。
some passages can be very narrow
Mosaic Canyon
Mosaic Canyon
Mosaic Canyon
Mesquite Dunes
接近Sand Dune 的邊緣
getting close to the Mesquite Dunes
Mesquite Dunes
在死亡谷,處處都可看到大地乾凅的呐喊
The word "DROUGHT" here in Death Valley is spelled in capital letters.
Mesquite Dunes102
這個沙丘曾出現在星際大戰的電影當中。
Mesquite Dunes was used in one of the Star War movies.
Mesquite Dunes
sunset
Mesquite Dunes
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes是以其主要的植物豆科灌木Mesquite而命名。這裡的沙丘又平地緩緩上升約一百呎左右。
This dune is named after the Mesquite plants that's native here. The dunes here can rise 100 ft from the ground.
Ripples in the dunes
風的創作
Ripples in the dunes
Mesquite Dunes
Mesquite Dunes107
可惜時間不夠到更遠更無人跡的沙丘。 死亡谷共有5處沙丘,各有不同的特色。雖都是在同個國家公園中,但是由於這裡地方太大,幾個沙丘又相距太遠,所以這一趟只有機會造訪Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes。
Mesquite is one of the five sand dunes in Death Valley National Park. Each of them has it's own distinguishing characteristic.
swimming pool in Stovepipe service arear
每人四元美金可以在沙漠中好好的洗個澡,然後跳入較體溫稍涼一些的泳池中享受個清涼的夏夜。
Here, you can enjoy a nice shower in the desert and then jump into the pool to have a great evening with just four dollars.
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point 以日出的美景而聞名,天還沒亮就吸引了許多愛好攝影者前來。
here is famous for it's beautiful sunrise
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
there's trail takes you further down into the the canyon
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
耐心地等候...
waiting patiently for the sun to rise above the mountain behind us
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
the sun finally showed his face from behind the mountain
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
看著太陽高高升起,令人不由得充滿了朝氣!
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
會不會讓你想起迪士尼動畫的獅子王呢?
Doesn't it remind you of the movie "The Lion King"?
Zabriskie Point
Zabriskie Point
回營地的路上繼續欣賞怡人的景色
amazing scenery on our way back to the campground
birthday party
由於事前不知道有人過生日,在這荒郊野外竟然還變得出蛋糕來,看來我們的壽星還真是幸運!大家就地取材,用紙盤充當賀卡,一起祝Wesley生日快樂。
birthday party
HAPPY 50!
birthday party
birthday party
Badwater
三冠王,最低最熱最乾燥!西半球最低點就在這裡,海平面下86公尺。夏季溫度可以高達攝氏57度! 所以要暢遊死亡谷真的要先做點功課,才能玩得安全又盡興。
The hottest (summer temperature can reach 137 degree F), lowest (282 ft below sea level) and driest (1.9 inch average rainfall) point of the Western Hemisphere.
Badwater
Badwater Pool裏面存在著像Badwater Snail,一些昆蟲和植物等的稀有生物,所以受到保護,禁止進入。
the pool here is protected
Badwater Snail
此處特有的生物,是無殼蝸牛類的一種
Badwater
HOT!
太陽真的好烈!兩位正在強顏歡笑...
under the scorching sun
Badwater
Badwater
約呈六角型的如蜂窩般的排列的鹽塊,是泥土地上鹽的結晶經年反復著冷凍,解凍和蒸發過程而產生的擠壓的所形成。
The hexagonal shapes are formed after the salty pan begins to dry and the salt crystals expand.
Badwater
Badwater
Badwater
Badwater
越遠處的鹽塊越大片
The saucers seem to get bigger when we go deeper into the basin.
Badwater
Badwater
還會牽絲呢!
salt crystals with thin thread attached
Badwater
Badwater
鹽的結晶。据同行的朋友告知,嚐過之後發現不是太鹹。
salt crystals
Badwater
我也來嚐嚐看
Badwater
箭頭所指處是海平面的高度
That little yellow arrow is pointing to a sign that reads, "SEA LEVEL".
Trailhead of the Natural Bridge
前進自然橋
The first bridge of this trail
這就是第一座自然橋,再往裏面走還有另一座,但我們決定不再往前去了
cave woman returned
鑽木取火嗎?
taking a break from the hike
Tyler堆堆樂,希望後來的人不會以爲這是什麽印第安人的遺跡還要合影留念才好...
overlooking Badwater Basin from Natural Bridge Canyon
遠處就是Badwater,以前的人來到此,又熱又渴,看到Badwater以爲找到了水源,等到走近一看才發現是一大片的鹽地,就算是局部有小灘的水也鹹得根本不能喝,所以稱它為Badwater。我們現在看到覺得是美景,但對1849年因淘金熱而來到這裡的人來説,卻像是煉獄。
Artist's Pallet
進入Artist‘s Drive
entering Artist's Drive loop
Wesley
應觀衆要求演出走不動的戲碼,還行嗎?
Artist's Pallet
五彩繽紛的石塊
Artist's Pallet
Artist's Pallet
Artist's Pallet
Artist's Pallet
Desert Gold near Artist's Pallet
再惡劣的環境都找得到充滿生機的角落
Geraea canescens
flowers thrive in this impossible condition
Artist's Pallet
天啊!不知道這既熱又乾燥的大地是用什麽來做她的顔料?
Artist's Pallet
Artist's Pallet
會不會讓你有想作畫的衝動?
all these colors make me want to start painting
Desert Gold
從沙石中冒出來充滿生命力的小野花
Artist's Pallet
Devil's Golf Course
稱爲魔鬼的高球場是因爲此處遍佈著既堅硬又有棱有角的大型結晶鹽塊,只有魔鬼能夠在這樣的地勢中打高爾夫球。
感謝Christina的照片提供
Rough surface formed of large salt crystals. Only devil could play on such a surface.
on our way home
好像在坐雲霄飛車的190號公路
a roller coaster ride on Fwy 190
on our way home
on our way home
特別吧!
unusual rocks
Dumont Dunes on the way back950
回程在127號公路往Baker方向走時,看到了一個在Death Valley NP 以外的沙丘。
Dumont Dunes outside of Death Valley National Park
Dumont Dunes on the way back951
Dumont Dunes again
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