Yet the valley is also full of people and desert life. We arrived Sunday to what initially seemed like a barren campsite with little shade, but after a lovely sunset, we came around to it. We set up camp and had a tasty soup for dinner, and then went for a beer and dessert at the restaurant near our campsite.
Next we hit up Badwater, Natural Bridge and the Artist's Drive. I've been to DV before but Cristina has not, so seeing the lowest point in the western hemisphere (282 feet below sea level), was a must. From Badwater, you can also see up to Telescope peak at more than 11,000 feet, giving an unobstructed view of 11,331 feet of elevation gain, one of the steepest vertical rises in the U.S. Natural Bridge is a quick hike up a small canyon to a rock formation about 20 feet wide that traverses the canyon walls. And artist’s drive is a 9 mile section of road that runs through some very colorful mountains.
We spent the afternoon beating the heat by lounging by the pool of the Inn near our campsite. It felt a bit like we were getting away with something to be spending a Monday like this, but we’re on our honeymoon after all!
Next up for part two of DV report: Mosaic Canyon and a great hike in the hills to Wildrose Peak.