GUYS…..I am so excited to finally be posting these photos from our road trip through Death Valley. To say that we had a great time would be a massive understatement. We originally planned our trip as an add-on to my husband’s work trip to Vegas. I had heard of the gorgeous ‘super-bloom’ phenomenon happening in the desert and really wanted to visit before they were all gone. Although we ended up missing the flowers (they had all died out by time we went to visit, their high season is closer to February FYI), I am so so glad we took this trip to Death Valley. It’s amazing to see all the natural wonders, sites, and adventures that are only a few hours drive away from you. It felt like we had been dropped off in various parts of the world at each location, definitely not within the borders of southern California.
Death Valley Mesquite Sand Dunes
We left Friday after work, which meant most of our driving was in pitch black- often on dirt and mud roads with crazy turns, forks in the road, and absolutely no extra light other than our (now dirty) headlights attempting to light the way. In the last hour of our drive, I started to wonder if I had made a huge mistake dragging us out here to the middle of nowhere in the name of adventure and what I thought would be amazing blog photos. We checked in to our hotel (literally the only nice hotel within a 100 mile radius) and exhaustedly fell asleep without even so much as unpacking a toothbrush. I’m just kidding, we brushed our teeth….relax 😉
The next morning, we walked outside with wide eyes to beautiful palm trees, mountains, and insane desert landscape. We quickly packed up our car with tons of water, snacks, and of course our camera gear to start exploring. It’s such a weird feeling to arrive somewhere ‘blind’ because of the intense darkness at 2am the night before, then wakeup in an exotic place that looks nothing like where you came from. My kind of vacation!
This is by far my favorite photo-shoot I’ve ever done for the blog. Our first stop in Death Valley was the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. I don’t know what I was expecting exactly, but I was totally unprepared for the vast openness and complete isolation. There was not one other person in site. The silence here is deafening in the best way possible. There is absolutely no sound- not even from the wind that created great photos. It’s so hard to describe it- it was as if someone had literally turned off the audio on a movie. Such a cool experience.
We snapped a few pics, then lounged in the sand for awhile, taking it all in. It’s so gorgeous everywhere you look- from the purple mountains to the endless miles of sand dunes. It was a great start to the trip and definitely confirmed that I did not make a mistake bringing us out here. Amazing.
I was also prepared for it to be brutally hot. I pictured us snapping a few photos and then immediately running back to the air conditioned car, but it was actually the exact opposite. The mild cloud cover gave us great lighting and made the temperature just perfect. Almost like there was no temperature at all, like being indoors. It was so crazy, I wish we had brought a picnic basket with food and some wine to enjoy while we lounged in the sand, taking in the views.
We had so much fun, I would definitely recommend you all visit Death Valley at least once in your lifetime! It’s worth the drive, and take it from me- you won’t be disappointed you made the trip out here. Just be sure to pack lots of water, get your car checked out beforehand so there are no mishaps (there is little to no cell service out here), and bring your camera. Oh and have fun….and bring a picnic basket 😀
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