Death Valley National Park – California

So it been a while, i do apologize – so here we go …………………………….

Located in California and Nevada, Death Valley national Park is 140 miles long a is home to a huge array of wildlife from wild sheep and mountain lions all the way down t the mass of various butterfly species. The are was made a National Park in the February of 1933  and many of the early developments to bring running water, electricity and phone services to the area are still used today.

For decades are area was mined extensively for gold, silver, copper and lead among other things. The last mining operation only ceased in 2005.

Now for me my fascination with Death Valley started when I found out about the ‘Sailing stones’ in an area called the Racetrack Playa. It’s a natural phenomenon that has kept people scratching their heads since the early 1900’s and although the stones have been under observation and have continuously studied since this time,  no one has ever seen them move.

The Stones are slabs of dolomite and syenite ranging from a few hundred grams to hundreds of kilograms that move across the landscape, without any human or animal intervention, leaving visible tracks as the move across the playa surface . The stones only ever move every two to tree years with the tracks lasting for about three to four years before they start to fade.  While there a few theories behind what makes the stones move no one really knows for sure.

Now ‘sailing rocks aside there are nine campsites and a number of resorts and hotels in the area for to us as base to go off and explore.  Hiking and biking tours are available as well as miles of roads so the park can be explored by car. for the slightly more adventurous there is plenty of rough terrain for four-wheeled drives, back country camping and hiking.

This place absolutely fascinates me and is going on the bucket list =D !!!!

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