Cheat-Seeking Missles

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Death Valley Is Alive And Well

Heavy rains made this year a once-in-ten-lifetimes year for wildflowers in Death Valley, so Incredible Daughter #1 and I extended our Mojave geology field trip to take sights like this.

The flowers created a pot of gold at the base of this red mountain.

The 500-year rain has flooded nearly the entire floor of Death Valley -- Badwater is now under water -- making the view of Mt. Whitney even more striking. The octogonal crystal formations in the foreground are the same as one would see at Devil's Golf Course, but Satan's not playing any rounds now -- that feature of Death Valley is under water. "They sure go after Devil names in here," Increadible Daugher #1 said. I answered, "We're closer to Hell."

We looked and looked for the name of these sand dunes and all we found was "Sand Dunes." Not Devil's Sandbox?

The day ends, the tour ends, the long drive home begins.

For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes,
His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen,
being understood through what has been made,
so that they are without excuse.
-- Romans 1:20

(Thank you Sheep's Crib, for referencing that Scripture.)

For the best posting on the trip, visit my daughter's blog, deserttrip. I was laughing out loud as I read it ... and learning a lot about geology and wildflowers between the laughs.