Saturday, May 5, 2012

Death Valley, CA in April

My husband finally loaded all 100 plus pictures from his 3 day camping trip with the kids to Death Valley a few weeks ago.  For a few years now he has taken the older 3 and now 4 children on camping trips.  We've been chicken about doing these road trips with non-potty trained little ones : ( maybe next year.

They have always headed towards woodsy mountain terrains. The desert was a new experience for all of them; including dad!  We know how hot it can get and thought that a spring trip would help with the weather; it kind of did.  They weren't sure what to expect or if there would be much to keep their attention.  Oh boy,  let me assure you they came back talking up a storm about all the beauty and wonder they found.  Take a look for yourself and enjoy: 

Red Rock
monolith at Red Rock

Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes the sun is extremely bright!

Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes, it was close to 100 degrees 

Mosaic Canyon
Mosaic Canyon
Mosaic Canyon
Artist Palette
Artist Palette
Ubehebe Crater
road filled with ash near Ubehebe Crater

These are but just a select few shots from their experience.  I have another handful of pictures they took of wild flowers, shrubs and even a few trees.  I shamefully admit we don't own a dessert  desert field guide.  That will be changing soon; we still have to sort those pictures and find out what they are ; ) 


Nancy said...

Just breathtaking!

From joy to joy,

Amber said...

Beautiful!! I have lived in California all my life but have never been out to Death Valley. It would be a long drive for us, but so worth it. Maybe next spring? Hmm... Thanks for sharing them!

And I had to giggle at your typo in the last paragraph. I would love a dessert guide, especially with lots of yummy pictures! :-) :-) :-)

Holly@A Life-Size Catholic Blog said...

Wow! What great shots. I've never been to Death Valley, but I live close to the Utah national parks and find my way to the read rock of southern Utah fairly often. I'm looking forward to the flower photos. I photograph flowers fairly often myself.

I’m happy to have found your blog on Catholic moms online. I’ve been blogging a little while and have set up a blog meme to help us as Catholics and moms meet each other out there in this big blogosphere. I hope you’ll stop by and check out the "Pay It Forward" blog meme. If it seems like something you’d like to become a part of … join in!

Grace'n'Chaos said...

Thanks Nancy, my 8yr old made a nice entry in her nature journal. She couldn't resist the colorful rocks while at the Artist Palette.

Grace'n'Chaos said...

Oops (blushing)! Hi Amber, yes, I think about dessert alot more than deserts : D (LOL)

Grace'n'Chaos said...

Holly so nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by; I'll make sure to hop on over to your blog soon.

Eva said...

That must have been truly a great adventure! 100 degrees, that's hot! I do understand that that trip would be hard with little ones that haven't been potty trained. I wouldn't do that either.

Happy Kid City said...

Enjoyed the photos. Death Valley is one of my favorite spots on the planet. I think it's so beautiful out there.