2012 – 10: Death Valley

Over fall break, my family and I went to Death Valley on a Backroads trip. We had a fantastic time, although beginning the trip with a bike over 35 miles in 100 degree temperatures was not what I expected! Our first bike ride was to Mud Canyon. Looking ahead of us, we could see miles and miles of open road. Our second day bike ride was up to Dante’s View, which included 23 miles uphill, of which five miles were a 16 percent incline, and a relaxing 23 mile down hill back to the Furnace Creek Inn. I did not do this entire bike ride! Day three consisted of a ride to and from Hell’s Gate, including a 10 mile downhill during which I didn’t have to pedal once, and a beautiful hike from Zabriskie’s Point through Golden Canyon. We ended the trip with a leisurely bike to Badwater, the lowest point in North America, where we explored the salt flats. Since we were biking the whole time, I didn’t get to take as many photos as I would have liked, but when I did have the opportunity, I was very lucky to have such beautiful surroundings. Here is a small selection of the photos I took: