The Doors of Hades

Trip Start May 27, 2009
Trip End Jun 08, 2009

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Flag of United States  , California
Friday, June 5, 2009

Upon leaving Stovepipe Wells we headed up Daylight Pass Road and crossed into Nevada, we were actually halfway to Beatty before we realised we'd gone too far and turned round. We wound up back at the junction between Daylight Pass Road and Daylight Pass Cutoff where we took a couple of pictures of the Salt Flats from a distance, I think it was Cotton Bail marsh that we snapped, although Google maps doesn't seem to have the names of the salt flats listed any more like they used to.

Anyway, we headed back down Daylight Pass Cutoff to Highway 190 and rejoined the main highway running south through Death Valley towards the old borax works just north of Furnace Creek. By this point it was getting stupidly hot and spent the next 2 or 3 hours with the car  thermometer sitting firmly around the 100F mark. We kept our walks short and took plenty of water with us, even if we were only going for less than a mile round trip from the Jeep. The last thing we wanted was to end up like that guy who tried to walk across Badwater Salt Flats and wound up as a charred corpse.

We took some more photos of the old Borax works site and moved on to Natural Bridge Canyon, a short trail leading to a huge arch formation in the rocks over the path through the canyon forming a rock bridge over the pathway for which the place is named. Another half mile up and the trail dead ends, we only went as far as the bridge as it was getting really hot and Ad was having a bit of trouble with the heat.

Onwards to Furnace Creek!
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