|Golden Canyon - Death Valley National Park|
|Natural Bridge - Death Valley National Park|
I failed to comprehend the importance of national park staff when it comes to waste management.
Crowd management. Education and Information. Sure, I thought about how the shutdown would affect those things, but, holy shit [pardon the pun], it was astonishing. Human beings are filthy, disgusting animals.
|Badwater Basin salt flats - Death Valley National Park|
|Sunset in the backcountry - Death Valley National Park|
There were about twenty tent sites at the Stovepipe Wells campground, but there were certainly more than twenty tenters using them. One night our neighbors put out their fire and retired to their tent only to have a second (huge) group show up and take over the campsite and set up their own tents, restarting the fire. It was like a tent-site timeshare. Except it was all free. It was a little like the wild west, but with a mostly community attitude. I was worried that the RVers wouldn't shut off their generators at 8pm as posted since there was no one around the make them...but they were civil and abided the quiet hours.
|Joshua Tree forest - Death Valley National Park|
[Note: Even if it weren't illegal I do not condone collecting rocks in National Parks in any way, shape, or form.]
|20 Mule Team Borax Co. historic site - Death Valley National Park|
|Near Desolation Canyon - Death Valley National Park|