Following our day in Yosemite park we spent a second night in the town of Mammoth. The next morning we started early on our way south. It was going to be a long day with a lot of different landscapes, first bringing us to the deserts of Death Valley and finally to reach Las Vegas in Nevada.
The mountains along the road that we follow from Mammoth towards Death valley. This is a combination of three photographs to give an impression of the landscape.
Beautiful landscapes along the road south of Mammoth.
The trees stand out because of their bright yellow autumn colors.
While we travel more to the south, the mountains get lower. Here and there we see colorful trees.
Death Valley National Park.
Desert plants waiting for rain.
There are few plants surviving in this dry area.
These Yoshua trees seem to like it here.
From here the road takes us down down down to Death Valley.
In a small oasis we found this restaurant where we stopped for lunch. This is the only road runner we saw.
Desert landscape in Death Valley.
We stopped many times to look at nothing and to hear nothing.
Death valley. In the desert there is nothing, but even nothing can be very beautiful.
The road goes on and on. Maybe one or two curves should have been considered.
Just sand and stones, but with a bit of color it becomes a piece of art.
This part of the desert is covered with small stones. Some plants survive here but we see no animals. It is so silent that you can hear yourself think: “wow, this is silent”.
A raven and some palm trees live in this small oasis.
Just dry sand everywhere, but even in these sand dunes there are some plants that managed to survive.
After going down hill for many kilometers we suddenly reach sea level.
And the road continues to go down. Here we have reached 61 meter below sea level.
In the middle of the desert we find these white areas which appear to be made up of salt.
Crusts of salt cover the ground.
After crossing the death valley we found these eroded hills.
Nature can be very creative.
Different colors and shapes are the result of many years of erosion.
Art or nature?
We left the death valley behind us hoping to see some wildlife on the road. But we didn’t find any wild life until we reached Las Vegas (in Nevada).
Las Vegas (not Paris)
Colorful Las Vegas
It’s fun to look around a bit in Las Vegas.
We arrived in Las Vegas where we had booked a hotel for the night. A lot of lights, a lot of casinos. Hmmmmmm… better sleep early and leave again early tomorrow morning.
Tomorrow we will travel further east towards the north rim of the Grand Canyon. Goto Day 11.