Death Valley Birthday

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Ever since our first trip to Death Valley in 2014, I had wanted to go back. Of nearly all the National Parks we have visited, it has definitely been my fave. There is something otherworldly about this place that has stuck in my mind so I was happy that we were able to return just in time to celebrate my birthday. We both took off on Friday, which really allowed us to do and see a lot while we were there. We camped at the Furnace Creek Campsite which was quite crowded this time around. On Saturday morning, we got up and went on the Desolation Canyon hike which promised glimpses of the multi-hued volcanic rocks that occupy this part of the park. I was a little nervous about some of the rock scrambling that was needed to get to the end of the hike but we made it and had a lovely time sitting and enjoying the views of the surrounding areas. Later that day, we went to Mosaic Canyon where we only hiked about halfway due to the setting sun. The next morning we went on a 7.8 mile hike of Golden Canyon, Gower Gulch, Zabriskie Point and Badlands Loop. This hike was really incredible. I had no idea just how beautiful it would be. This was the second longest hike I had done, after Tongariro, so it was a bit strenuous at times and my feet were pretty achy by the time we reached the end but it was so great to see just how many vistas and landscapes just this small area of the park could deliver. It was a lovely way to celebrate another year of life and I look forward to returning again and exploring even more of what Death Valley has to offer.

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