Dwarfed By The Desert In Death Valley

Road, Death Valley, USA

Driving through the desert in Death Valley is one of my top travel experiences to date. The lonely, vast and desolate landscape serves only to teach us how insignificant our place in the world is. I know many people love beach destinations as a place to go and be still, to think and reflect. But I think the desert provides a more than viable alternative.

I really like this shot, to me it shows the epic scale of the desert alongside humanity’s attempt to explore and conquer its barren land. This winding road that leads to Dante’s View is dwarfed by the landscape, and rightly so. That is exactly how we felt driving through Death Valley, dwarfed.

You may also notice that it’s actually quite a good quality road, which was a pleasant surprise. We were expecting some trouble on this leg of our journey but we need not have worried, the roads through Death Valley were some of the smoothest we experienced during our two weeks in California!

Do you prefer to visit the desert or the beach for your sandy needs? What’s the best road you’ve ever driven? Please get in touch!

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13 thoughts on “Dwarfed By The Desert In Death Valley

  1. Heyjude

    I have to say that I prefer the beach to a desert, not that I am a beach person per se, but because they come with an ocean! The only real desert I have spent some time in was in Namibia: http://wp.me/pL5Ms-Od and I found that exhausting. On to roads – by far the best roads are in the US. Driving through Arizona around Grand Canyon and on to Page the road was virtually empty, well surfaced (unlike in this country) and made driving an absolute pleasure.

    I like your shot – good textures.
    Jude xx

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Jude. That’s very true about the ocean. Perhaps the best compromise is to find somewhere where the desert meets the ocean! I’ll take a look at your Namibia post – I guess the longer you are in the harshness of the desert the less appealing it becomes.

      We experienced a lot of bad roads in the US as well, primarily those around cities where they see so much traffic. But I have to agree, the desert roads were undoubtedly the best we experienced.

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  2. Feisty Harriet

    Mmmm, these types of views are (almost) home for me. I live in the west, but high in the mountains–mountains that have snow and water and green. However, I love the dessert, it’s just so clean and quiet. I like the beach too, but not as much as miles and miles of dune and sagebrush.

    xox

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    1. Ben Post author

      You’re fortunate to live so close to such diverse landscapes! I was really so surprised by the proximity of Death Valley to the lush green (or white!) mountain landscapes of Yosemite and the surrounding area.

      Completely agree with you on the desert – it’s just you and the landscape with no sign of human life in any direction for miles and miles.

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    1. Ben Post author

      Just been browsing your photos again, they make me want to get back there more than ever. I was visiting in May of 2012, it seems like an age ago! It must be fantastic to have such an incredible, inspiring landscape so close to home.

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  3. Lucy Dodsworth

    The landscapes in the southwest are just so huge! Everything is on such an epic scale out there, with those wide open skies and roads disappearing off into the distance. I was hoping to make it to Death Valley this spring but have had to rearrange my US trip for summer so might have to leave it til it’s a bit cooler!

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    1. Ben Post author

      I agree the heat may be a bit much in summer! I guess it depends how much walking you’re planning to do. Are you still basing yourself in Vegas for the trip?

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      1. Lucy Dodsworth

        No we’ve had a complete change of plan! My husband normally has to work for a trade show in Vegas but for the first time in 7 years he doesn’t this year. So we can go anywhere now and aren’t fixed on April dates either. Thinking about doing the east coast and dipping into Canada, but hard to decide!

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        1. Ben Post author

          There are so many options with the US and Canada! I’ve looked into an east coast trip before as well, there’s so much to see. I look forward to seeing what you decide upon 🙂

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