The trip to the kilns is as fascinating as the kilns themselves. Every bend in the road--and there are many--provides another stunning view, whether it's an up close look at wildly folded rocks or a distant view across the Panamints to the Sierras. I like the magnificent engineering and artistry of the kilns--and their silence. If you enter by way of the Panamint Valley Road, you will pass another interesting site along the way--a former "village" that is now the site of several picnic tables tucked away under trees, most of them reached by stone steps laid in during the village days. And if you've been in the Death Valley area for a few days, you will probably be entranced by the sight and sound of water from the occasional springs along the road.