Happiness is a hearty breakfast at the Wrangler Saloon!
The group crowds into the last bit of shade at Badwater--the hottest place in North America!--for our morning introduction to Death Valley.
Katie shares some background on DV geology and natural history.
At the lowest point in North America
The group heads out into the salt flats.
John discusses the history of tectonics uplift and subsidence at Death Valley with the group.
Beautiful and enigmatic salt crystal formations.
The tiny helictite salt crystals.
The Gang of Six: Liz, Maddie, Ryan, Izzat, Lucas, and Jensen, pose for a picture out on the salt flats.
The traditional taste test of Death Valley salt!
Group shot out in the salt flats.
At the Devils Golf Course, Kelly, Izzat, and Grace try to make sense of the strange moonscape.
Mariela, Lucas, and Izzat show off their new best friend...
John leads a group discussion on the formation of the peculiar topography of Devil's Golf Course.
The last of a secret salt pool near Devil's Golf Course
Lucas ponders the aesthetics of Wrangler Cafe cuisine.
At the Mesquite Dune field, Liz checks out a microscopic exam of the 'heavy sand' that Garrett picked up.
The group discusses evidence of faulting at Mosaic Canyon.
Jensen points to a textbook example of a normal fault.
Izzat, Ryan and Kevin get photo bombed by Madi while hiking up Mosaic Canyon.
The heroes strike a pose on top of Mosaic Canyon
The gang catches some air at the crest of Mosaic Canyon
Happy hikers Jensen and Nadine
Enjoying the shade as our time in Death Valley ends.
Katie, Lucas, Teresa, Mariela, and Izzat wrapped in rock at Mosaic Canyon.
Looking back on Death Valley as we head into the Panamint Range.
Ryan strikes a pose on the way to Bishop.
Geo-ducks in a row.
Checkin' out the view at Father Crowley's overlook.
Measuring the height of the Lone Pine fault scarp--caused (in part) by the Magnitude 7.4 Lone Pine earthquake of 1872.