The Devil’s Salt in Death Valley

As announced in my last blog post, this time I want to share my photos from the second day in Death Valley with you. We spent this time exploring the RV-accessible sites in the Death Valley and all had their own intrinsic beauty.

First stop was the Devil’s Golf Course. What used to be a shallow lake now is a salt pan coated with different salts – of which 95 % are NaCl, our normal table salt.

Devil's Golf Course.
Devil’s Golf Course.

Driving on, we arrived at Badwater – the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere, lying 86 m below sea level. The ground in Badwater was also covered in a thick layer of salt which sparkled brightly in the (undeniably) hot afternoon sun.

However, despite the heat, salt and dryness, Death Valley had some surprisingly green areas. And I can imagine that seeing the blooming of the desert, which happens after flash floods, must be an amazing experience.

One of our last stops (and the last photo I want to share with you today) was Rhyolite. The “Queen City” once was the largest towns in the Death Valley, boasting a proud 5,000 to 10,000 inhabitants and living off the numerous surrounding mines. Sadly, due to the financial panic in 1907 and the subsequent closing of the mines the town soon died. Nowaday, Rhyolite is one of the ghost towns of Death Valley.

Looking through one of the houses in the Death Valley ghost town Rhyolite.
Looking through one of the houses in the Death Valley ghost town Rhyolite.

And after this final stop, we left the Death Valley behind us.

If you’d like to read more about the Death Valley, have a look here:

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