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The Valley of Death
The Valley of Death
The Valley of Death
The Valley of Death
The Valley of Death
The Valley of Death
The Valley of Death
The Valley of Death
Our Journey, Photography

The Valley of Death

Once work was completed for the week we began our escape by heading down one of the many long, empty roads out of Vegas. As the city fell away behind us, all that remained was uncompromising desert flats, a horizon of tiny mountains off in the distance and the occasional military base or prison sprinkled in between. The only thing of note along that barren stretch of highway was the Area 51 Cafe which must not have realized that it was a tad bit south of the actual base. After a couple hours we arrived in Beatty, a small, former mining town. While there wasn’t much there, it provided a close base from which we could explore Death Valley. After setting up camp we headed into the park for sunset. Despite being relatively close to the park, it still took us over an hour to get into the park and…

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Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Our Journey, Photography

Shiprock to Zion

We drove up from Alamogordo on a blistery Saturday morning. Most of the drive was through arid, hilly terrain with an occasional dusty small town to pull off in to get gas. As we approached Shiprock, the elevation began to climb and the outside palette shifted from fine sand to a mix of rock and snow. Setting up in the dark isn’t much fun but by this point we have a pretty good system and in less than 15 minutes we were setup for the night. The blistering cold of the desert will always be a shock to me. When I was growing up, I always pictured deserts with extreme heat, tumble weeds and lizards skittering across the sand and baked earth. Being out here is a completely different experience from the images conjured from my childhood imagination. Even in the RV the cold air could be felt seeping in through any nook or gap it could possibly find. Fortunately, we were prepared and have a number of heavy blankets to keep warm throughout the coldest nights.

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Deeper into the Dunes
Deeper into the Dunes
Our Journey, Photography

Deeper into the Dunes

Here are a couple more images that were captured from White Sands National Monument. Before going out this time, we took a look at Google Maps to see which direction we should head out. There were several dark areas a ways into the dunes and we figured we would hike out to discover what they were. After walking several miles in, we came upon a series of giant sand mounds covered in shrubs. Not entirely sure what’s in the middle of them but it at least solved the mystery of the satellite imagery we were using.

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Sunset Over White Sands

I was able to capture this image last night after work. The weather was a bit chilly with sustained 30mph winds and gusts up to 50mph. This also led to the constant feeling of having sandpaper rubbed on any exposed skin. Fortunately, the dunes were quite stunning and made the discomfort worthwhile.

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