Death Valley National Park | Spring 2018

Trivia time: what is so unique about Death Valley? If you said "it is the lowest place in North America" or "it is the hottest place on earth", you'd be right on either count. It is not quite so hot in March (thankfully, a breezy 80 degrees compared to the summer highs approaching 130 degrees), but we still managed to get low at Badwater Basin. My cousin Luke commented that the whole place looked like a movie set of Mars, which led to a discussion about how we only think that because they film movies about Mars in places like Death Valley. It is a quiet, beautiful, deserted place. I cannot imagine doing much in the summer heat, but the isolation and horizon make it a wonderful setting with cooler weather. I'll never not love those straight and true desert roads.

DVNP was the first Park on a 10 day Spring Break trip suggested by my sister Hannah, who for the first time in a long time actually has a Spring Break now that her collegiate swimming career is over. We flew to Phoenix where we were met by my cousins Luke and Sarah Magnuson, and we took off in the Lincoln Town Car my grandfather generously leant us (I returned it to him in good condition, albeit loaded with 2000+ more miles on it than when I picked it up…)

I also put to work my new DJI Mavic Air (not IN the Park since I’m a law abiding citizen) and a DJI Osmo Mobile 2, so check out the video above for a recap of this first leg of the trip! You can follow these links to see more from Yosemite and Joshua Tree, as well as a summary of the whole trip.

Death Valley National Park became the 52nd National Park on October 31, 1994, and runs along the California / Nevada border.

All pictures by Karl Magnuson
Canon 6D Mark II
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L, Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L