Death Valley Day 2

Due to very gusty winds, we were unable to upload yesterday. Hers's a recap: 

 

In the morning, we ate a big breakfast and packed a big lunch.  Then, we boarded the bus and headed to the dunes.

When we arrived, students or teachers either painted the dunes or climbed the dunes, many even went to the highest dune. After we saw a couple lizards and scorched our feet on the hot desert sand. we drove over to the mosaic canyon.

We went to back to find for supplies to find that with the wind having blown all of our tents over. We pitched them back in the ground and had no more problems afterwards. Walking up the alluvial fan into the canyon, we saw the amazing rock formations and learned about how the faulting and uplift shaped the rock walls. 

Once we reached a big boulder we headed back down and went to the visitors center. The center included a sort of museum that had the history of the Shoshone in the desert. We finally headed back and had a filling dinner and headed off to bed. 

Death Valley Day 1

Zabriskie Point

We have arrived at Furnace Creek Campgrounds!

The bus ride was long but had plenty of stops to stretch our legs. Along the way, we hiked up Emigrant Pass and found fossils of an extinct species of arthropods called trilobites. 

Afterwards, we hiked up Zabriskie Point and overlooked the hilly and mountainous terrain in the lowering sun.

Hiking around Zabriskie Point

Then, we arrived at the campgrounds around 4:00ish, unpacked and pitched our tents. We listened to the musically talented play instrument ambiance while waiting for dinner.

After dinner we'll have some ice breakers to get to know everyone, and then hopefully s'mores and stars before bed!