Family Visit

The first weekend in April was greatly welcomed with a visit from my brother and his family from Yuma, AZ. It was their second visit to Death Valley so we did some new things.

We did a little hiking up Mosaic Canyon. It's a beautiful canyon in the Panamint Mtns. just past Stovepipe Wells. It's known for the finely polished narrows and beautiful mosaic rock patterns.

Rock mosaics

The start of the narrows. Madison and Luke have quite the dare-devil mentality and Alex benefited from a free ride.

It was a gorgeous weekend, also the first temps over 100 for the season.

Luke turned four the first week of April so we had a pizza/pool party for him while he was there.

Then, we visited Salt Creek to see the pupfish, an endangered fish species found in the park.

Alex found some.

The kids were amazed there really is water in the desert.

Alex really enjoyed all the cool rocks.

A picnic at the Date Grove with lots of old things to play on!

The next day we visited the Devil's Golf Course (got its name from the popping noise made by the hardened mud/salt when it gets hot enough to explode...sounds like a golfer teeing off). A friend had told me about a secret watering hole unofficially named Pluto's Hole. So, we ventured out over this unfriendly ground to find it.

Pluto's Hole You can see how it use to be bigger, but as the water evaporates salt and other minerals stick to the edges growing out which over time makes the hole smaller.

The water looks only about five feet deep, but who knows how far it stretches in every direction. You can also see beautiful salt formations under the water.

Luke wanted to have a taste!

This is the first thing Andrew has gotten out and done since his birthday.

The last stop was Badwater Basin. Originally marked on the map as bad water because the miner's mules would not drink it. Now it's the official name. We had a great visit with the family and wish them well on their move back to NC in a couple of months. Thanks for taking the time to come and visit!!!