Moby Goes for Strange in Death Valley

March 2015

Death Valley National Park is a strange and wonderful place. Here are some things we encountered on our last trip.

Weird rocks near Johnson Canyon
Weird rocks near Johnson Canyon
Pictographs
Pictographs
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Lizard with a neon blue tail
A Mojave desert sidewinder

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A baby sidewinder and our 2nd rattlesnake of the trip.
Look how tiny he is!

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Honeycomb? We spotted this high on a cliff wall. They're about the size of dinner plates.
Honeycomb? We spotted this high on a cliff wall. They’re about the size of dinner plates.
It's not uncommon to find old mylar balloons in Death Valley. They must float in from afar.
It’s not uncommon to find old mylar balloons in Death Valley. They must float in from afar.
Mojave desert sidewinder
Another Mojave desert sidewinder and rattlesnake #3 for the trip.
Very helpful information!
Moby at Dante's Peak overlooking Badwater Basin.
Moby at Dante’s Peak overlooking Badwater Basin.
Our 4th snake of the trip. This one is a panamint rattlesnake (I think) and about 3 feet long.
Five species of endemic beetles live on the Eureka Dunes.
Five species of endemic beetles live on the Eureka Dunes.
Eureka Dunes: 3 miles long, 1 mile wide, and 680 feet tall. They're the tallest dunes in California and possibly in all of North America. The dunes "sing" when dry sand avalanches down a steep slope. It sounds like a deep bass note or the drone of a distant airplane.
Eureka Dunes: 3 miles long, 1 mile wide, and 680 feet tall. They’re the tallest dunes in California and possibly in all of North America. The dunes “sing” when dry sand avalanches down a steep slope. It sounds like a deep bass note or the drone of a distant airplane.

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