Now is All We Have - Saline Valley, California
Taken at twilight in May of 2015 on the Saline Valley Sand Dunes in Death Valley California.
Ahh the Saline Valley, a love hate relationship of sorts. Catching HW 168 out of Big Pine California I spotted a small dirt road. I had been on this dirt road before while heading into the Eureka Sand Dunes the week before. This week I had come back to explore the pass that veers the opposite way, climbs through the high country, muddy dirt roads, river fords and musty forests heavily scented with sage.
Driving out of Big Pine in May of 2015 it was 75 and partly cloudy, great weather all around. By the time I started up the pass into the Saline Valley the weather had turned to fog and snow. I stopped a few times to take photos and explore before dropping elevation into the Saline Valley.
First stop was the Saline Valley Dunes ( pictured above ) then onto the Saline Valley Hot Springs for a few days of relaxing and reading.
Time in the desert passes at strange speeds. Some days would disappear nearly instantly while others seemed to drag on forever. I stayed in the Saline Valley for a while, then tried to make the pass from Saline to the Racetrack Playa via Lippincott Rd.
Don't try this route unless you have a series 4WD vehicle. I got stuck going up the steep parts of this road. To get out without falling into the deep gully below I lost my front bumper and dented my driver side doors pretty badly. So badly that they had to be bent back into shape using a wrench allowing the door to close.
After using a 10 point turn and getting back out I headed back into the Saline Valley for a few more days before heading to Stovepipe Wells for fuel.
Great place, brutal, hot and beautiful.
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