Death Valley National Park Adventure

Happy Birthday to my one and only!!!!

To celebrate my husband, I thought it would be the perfect time to share a short trip we went on a couple weeks ago. We have been trying to get out for a camping trip for quite some time. But as a small business owner and his work as a freelancer, our schedules rarely align long enough to go out of town. So we found ourselves with less than 48 hours of time on our hands – we found some energy and took off for a trip to Death Valley National Park!

If you don’t know, my husband and I love to travel and love National Parks! So we were so glad to check out another one! We also knew we had just missed the super bloom, where the valley is carpeted in wildflowers. But we didn’t care! Death Valley is absolutely spectacular. I remember while growing up in California, wondering what was so special about a place called Death Valley – it;s a desert right? But as you can see it’s so much more. It’s almost like a museum where you have little stops here and there, and everything is different. Each little section of that valley has so much going on. Yes, it’s valley. Yes, it’s a desert. But it’s incredible. You have Badwater Basin where it’s just flat land with a salt crust (do I sound like I am describing food? haha). It is also the lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level. There is the Artist’s Drive which felt like the Cars ride at California Adventure. That could have been my most favorite spot there. At one point on the driving loop, you have to pull over and take in the beautiful multi-colored mountainside. All I remember was that oxidation of different types of metals causes the color changes in the mountain, making it look dreamy. I took a moment to sit and appreciate mother nature there. It was quite a sight to see. Then there is Dante’s View where you can take in the entire valley at almost 3,000 feet high. And the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, where you feel like you are trekking across the Sahara Desert. I can’t even begin to tell you how tired my legs were after climbing sand dunes – after 2 days of multiple hiking trips. We were wiped when we got back.

I am so lucky to have an amazing husband who loves the outdoors and wants to experience so much together. He is everything to me and I am so glad I get to celebrate his birthday today!! XO

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  • Christine - Your photos are incredible Julie! Thanks for sharing with the rest of us & for fueling my wanderlust. Death Valley is definitely on my list 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - Great pics! I cannot wait to travel to Death Valley! It is definitely on our family’s bucket list.ReplyCancel

  • Kira - Love love the adventurous feel of this post and the simplicity of the photos….this is good LIVING!ReplyCancel

  • Dubai gift - There is no doubt that California’s Death Valley National Park is an unusual place and it’s a great place to celebrate a birthday. Good idea!!ReplyCancel

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