Desert Dunes // Death Valley, CA
Four hours outside of Los Angeles, through varying terrains, you’ll find yourself in an epic landscape just west of the Nevada state line. Death Valley National Park is home to the lowest elevation point in North America, and it’s the hottest and driest place in North America.
As a new-ish Los Angeles resident and even newer camper, it was truly spectacular to experience this national park during a super bloom which only occurs when the conditions are just right. If you’re headed out to the desert check out this map to see where the best spots for flowers now.
We hopped out of the car to stretch our legs for the first time at Zabriskie Point. We thought these views were spectacular until we got to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.
Erin and I were determined to find a friend’s camp with no cell service and only a vague time, area and car to look for on the side of the road. We spotted the car and pulled over on 190 just before the Stovepipe Wells campground. Gazing out into the dunes we could see tons of tiny ant-sized people lining the ridges for their sunset views, but we headed straight in and were stoked to find camp right over a few waves of sand.
We set up camp and watched the sunset from our “upstairs balcony” (the top of a dune). Some classic camp recipes were on the dinner menu including chilli mac, soyrizo tacos and Trader Joe’s indian food in a bag. The musicians in our camp entertained us in the dark.
A storm was in the forecast but nobody was prepared for the wind that crushed our tents and nearly buried us in the dunes overnight. Packing out in the rain was another interesting moment, but there’s nothing a warm shower and your own bed won’t fix. Back in the city, everyone was ready to head to the desert again after a day of clean hair.
It’s so easy to be present and let go of any worries under the open sky. We recharge when we can get away from the phones and computers we’re always draining.
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