Death Valley National Park, California

When I told my dad I was going to Death Valley National Park he said when I was little I went there and I declared it to be “boring!” Well times have changed and I found the park to be quite beautiful! I also like brocoli and spinach now too. I don’t even remember going to the park when I was little although I do remember enjoying our cross country RV trip that summer. When I was little I cared more about theme parks and swimming pools. Now I love exploring scenic deserts, beaches and forests. At the park I hiked Mosaic Canyon, walked across the Mesquite Sand Dunes, walked up to some scenic lookout points and went to Badwater Basin which has these cool salt flats that I walked across. I have always wanted to walk across a salt flat. I put my finger in the salt and ate some of it just for the heck if it, not from where people were walking on though. Badwater Basin is 282 feet below sea level and the lowest point in North America. Water from surrounding areas settles there and then evaporates leaving the salt. It is called Badwater because the water surrounding it is too salty for plant life or animal and human consumption. Borax also use to be mined in the area, which was sold for cleaning products and laundry detergent, which reminded me of when I was at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico and I found out the beautiful white sand dunes were made of gypsum which is used to make drywall. When I was in the park I laughed when I saw RVs crammed together on concrete in the campground when I camped for free just outside the park on a concrete pad far from my neighbors in a beautiful area. The place I camped at is nicknamed ‘the pads’ because of leftover pads of concrete from a trailer park that use to be there for the miners. Kind of reminds me of Slab City that has leftover slabs of concrete from a military base that was abandoned that I camped at. Even if the RVers in the campground didn’t have solar like me they could still go several days using their batteries to run lights, outlets, etc. and the RV fridges run on propane when not hooked up to electric. Seems like a waste of money to pay to be crammed in right next to other people when you can camp for free right outside the park entrance. I guess they don’t know any better. Thank you government for our BLM land that is free to camp on! 🏔⛺️