Robert Witham

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Depths to Dunes at Death Valley

Hiking in Death Valley’s Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes during 60 mph wind (and thus an obvious sand storm) may not be the best idea. Nonetheless, we did just that and it was an adventure that was well worth any discomfort. As an upshot, we often had the dunes to ourselves as most visitors on this day stayed near the parking lot.

In retrospect, were we to try hiking in sand dunes during a sand storm again we would likely be better prepared with masks, eye protection, etc. Still, we do not regret the experience.

Photo: Lake Manly at Badwater Basin
Lake Manly at Badwater Basin in Death Valley.

Following our adventure at the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, we headed to Badwater Basin to once again check on Lake Manly. It was still there and it was still impressive. On this day, however, the wind made the water choppy and muddy in contrast to our first visit to Lake Manly when the water was smooth as glass and clear.

Depths to Dunes: Lake Manly and Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes in Death Valley during 60 mph wind

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