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Old 05-09-2014, 11:58 AM   #55
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Day 2 would route us around the Southern section of the park and the most touristy. We would head South to Natural Bridge, Badwater Basin, the back North to Devil's Golf Course, Artist's Palette, refuel, head East to Zobriskie Point, 20 Mule Team Canyon, Dante's View, back to Furnace Creek, up to Beatty, NV, then down the Titus Canyon road, ending up back in Furnace Creek. I highlighted the route in different colors for the different sections.


Morning time at AKMotorbiker and crew base camp. I had to clean out the mess in my top box, charge some electronics and go over the plan for the day. Since we got a late start Friday we had to start where we left off and see where we could get to today.

Saturday Morning at Furnace Creek

First stop was the Furnace Creek Visitor Center where they had parking for me! The staff there was really friendly and helpful, maybe because the busy season was over.

Furnace Creek Sign

Fuel efficient parking at Furnace Creek Visitor Center

Visitor Center

After a couple of souvenirs we head off. First stop, Natural Bridge! It was beautiful out, only 90F, sunny, I was loving every second and it was only the beginning!

Heading to Natural Bridge

Here's a close up...

Heading to Natural Bridge

The benefits of having another person taking pictures.

The Natural Bridge Trail

Natural Bridge road

Parked at Natural Bridge

Info at Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge 2

Natural Bridge from far side

Here's a water chute in the canyon.

Water chute on Natural Bridge Trail

Perfect time for a shower but, always interrupted by the kids!

Catching a shower

Here is the turn off to Natural Bridge with Badwater Basin to the South behind us.

Entrance to Natural Bridge Trailhead

Approaching Badwater Basin parking area

Approaching Badwater Basin parking area

Badwater Basin

Badwater Basin 2

Badwater Basin sign

Luckily there was a hole to get water! You have to stay hydrated out here.

Hydrating at Badwater Basin

Salt crusted water hole at Badwater Basin

Here is a few shots of the terrain at Badwater.

Badwater Basin

Badwater Basin

It's had to understand what people went through crossing this area much less living and working here. Next stop the Devil's Golf Course and Artist's Palette.
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