California

Death Valley National Park

Let me tell you now. Death Valley National Park is easily an Absolute Must Visit for me.

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The Sophomore Slump Recommends

Movie: Finding Nemo – Still remains to be my most favorite animated movie of all time.

Music: Yankee Foxtrot Hotel by Wilco – This is one of my top three albums of 2000’s.

And since I’m now here in Greece, this video I found uses one of the album’s songs as a soundtrack to a short created by an Athens-based director. Here is “What is that?”. The song, Pot Kettle Black, is one of my ultimate best album tracks of all time. I never get tired of this song.

You GOTTA watch this one….


Death Valley National Park is absolutely spectacular! There are many attractions where you can just drive by or walk and hike, and explore!

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Driving around the desert is so cool too. You can see miles and miles and miles and miles of nothing. See this next picture … you can see this endless road to the dot…

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Death Valley is a nature art museum. Mother Nature did an incredibly great job being an artist in this part of the Earth.

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Artist Palette

Many of you know how big of a fan I am when it comes to awesome rock formations. So Death Valley NP really delighted me right off the bat.

Twenty Mule Team Canyon

Twenty Mule Team Canyon

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Twenty Β Mule Team Canyon

Mind you, I was only here for one full day and I saw so much of its breathtaking and, not to mention, interesting landscapes.

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Devil’s Cornfield

Natural Bridge Canyon

Natural Bridge Canyon

I got to walk on the lowest point of North America.

Badwater Basin

Badwater Basin

I hiked some of the trails. And even though I came here during winter to avoid extreme heat of the desert, weather here is still a kicker esp. when you hike. I have learnt to bring enough water and gear up for this occasion. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

Trail to Golden Canyon

Trail to Golden Canyon

Trail to Golden Canyon

Trail to Golden Canyon

I recommend ending the day in Mesquite Sand Dunes to catch its dramatic color.

Mesquite Sand Dunes

Mesquite Sand Dunes

I took more pictures with my DSLR but the charger and a cord I need to upload got to my shipped boxes so I have to wait long for the shipment to arrive here in Greece. But for now, I think these cellphone pics will suffice. Til then, see you for more of one of the best California travel destinations I’ve been to.

Last Call…

i started pointing the cellphone camera direction to the sky. And when I turned around, next thing I saw, everyone was doing it too πŸ˜€ …

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Phoenix-looking cloud

 

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50 replies »

  1. I share your sentiment, Death Valley is a must and is pretty darn awesome. So very unique and prehistoric feeling. What kind of DSLR are you using? Wishing you a fantastic stay in Greece and look forward to some fabulous photos πŸ™‚

    • I use Canon T2i. I just don’t have the charger and the cord at the moment so I can’t upload. Plus, It’s old, and it’s acting up now. That’s why I’ve been using cellphone camera.

  2. Sas efΜ±charistΓ³Μ± Rommel, hope your enjoying Greece. Love the video, have seen it a few times but its a good reminder! Pictures of Death Valley are just so clear and beautiful. πŸ™‚

  3. Great to see you again, Rommel. One day soon, I really must plan a trip to Death Valley. It looks so awesome. Your photos are amazing, especially the sand dune and that Phoenix cloud. Enjoy your Greek vacation. Looking forward to some pics. Happy New Year to you.

    • Yup! You’re the one I thank for sealing the deal of me coming here. I remember you a lot when I was here. Thanks Mona. And it’s true, I didn’t get to see all of it. It’s awesome to think there’s so much more than what I have already seen. Will definitely go back there again.

  4. Thanks for the memories! We were just there for our first time about two months ago. What a magnificent place!! We couldn’t believe all the variety in the rock formations and the colors were just amazing. We were there for a week and it still wasn’t long enough. So glad you were able to make the trip:) Please share more photos when you get settled in Greece.

  5. You have painted Death Valley in such a perfect way… I have driven through it several times, always wishing I could just pull off and explore for a while but never more than just brief casual stops, so to now have this post/photos fill me in on all that is out there is great, creative and inspiring. Cheers ~

  6. These amazing photos remind me of the talented Dali due to the blue-yellow tone. You have captured them so well that every scence just like a piece of art (oil-painting I mean) πŸ™‚

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