Well, a lot of it IS just dirt and rocks. But then, the Mona Lisa is just some paint and canvas that we can find at any art supply store, right? The greatest of art is partly about the material but a lot more about the artist.
I don’t think I posted this from a couple of weeks ago from sfgate.com (website of the San Francisco Comical). The travel section lets people submit stories about their trips, and these folks loved Death Valley. It isn’t really a travel article and doesn’t have a lot of detail; it’s more like a post here from people who had a great trip.
A few comments on some of the reader posts:
“pm93513” did not specify that these sites are not on Hwy 168. They are on Big Pine Road which takes off from 168 east of Big Pine, and 4wd might be needed. It goes to Eureka Dunes and eventually ends up near Scotty's Castle, over 70 miles with no towns or services and previous few ranger patrols. Not for the faint of heart, or for folks who rely on GPS to get to Costco and feel naked without their cell phones. 93513 is the ZIP code for Big Pine, so this may just be an oversight because this person is so familiar with the area.
From “berkeleyjim”: This is true. Drying clothes is so easy in Death Valley! Ditto for people. If you go swimming, you’ll be almost totally dry within a few minutes of getting out of the water (and the evaporation on your skin is refreshing).
“Austin78704” suggests seeing the pupfish. They are indeed among the most exciting sights in Death Valley. By now, Salt Creek may be drying up and receding for the summer, so the peak pupfish season might be over. When the water reaches a high salinity range, the fishies go dormant. It’s called estivation rather than hibernation, meaning they are inactive in warm weather rather than in winter like bears. But for visitors in March or April (times vary depending on the overall weather pattern), you might be lucky and see thousands of finger-size, silvery fish darting along the creek.