Making sure that we were carrying extra water with us at all times, we decided to brave the heat and hike down into into the wash. Although at first glance it may appear lifeless, if you look carefully, you might be surprised at what you can find.
Less than a day after the rain, the water was quickly disappearing, leaving gracefully curling mud as a reminder of the previous storm.
Bypassing Stovepipe Wells, we turned into Mosaic Canyon and started hiking the trail. The colors and textures of the rocks were striking.
With all of the incredible views, it's sometimes difficult to remember to look where you walk. A baby rattlesnake sighting was a gentle reminder.
Rhyolite, named for the silica-rich volcanic rock in the area, was a booming mining town in the late 1800's and early 1900's.
As the sun went down, and the stars appeared, it was thought-provoking to imagine what it must have been like to have lived there a century ago.
Not wanting to walk out onto the wet racetrack, we kept to the lower portion (which was dry), and were still able to find a few of the magical "moving" rocks.
There was still quite a bit of water near the parking lot.
Walking out onto the flats, the water had already disappeared, leaving a cornucopia of small crystals behind.
Driving back towards Furnace Creek we made a stop at Natural Bridge. Not only were the colors in the canyons splendid, the arch and dry waterfall carved into the rock were impressive.
In Stovepipe Wells, we discovered beautiful patterns in the mud.
For a magnificent vista of the valley, we drove to Dante's View. From the top, I was able to get a better perspective on the size of the salt flats in Badwater Basin and the Devils Golf Course.
The next morning we left the park through Panamint Valley. We were surprised to see a family of coyotes crossing the road. Unfortunately, tourists often stop to feed the animals which encourages them to roam along the road — which can be dangerous not only for the animals, but also the vehicles and their passengers.
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