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| p.1 #20 · Death Valley (II) - to the track |
Love the clouds.
I'm going there next month. What's rate for the pink jeep? I'm still debating if I should drive my own SUV to see the racetracks.
I've been out there many times. If the weather is fine, a typical SUV should be fine, but don't try to emulate the wackos who drive that road at high speeds - it is a recipe for disaster in the form of a blow-out or a spin-out. (Higher speeds on gravel roads are appropriate in some places - but not this one.)
Some will tell you that you can drive out there in any old suburban vehicle, and they will even tell you that they did so and got away with it. For those who might think about that option, let me heartily unrecommend it. It is possible to force your Prius out there - I've seen it done - but it is not wise and you will not have a pleasant trip at all.
And for everyone going to the Racetrack, a few other words, especially as winter rainy season approaches.
1. The playa is formed by flooding. The beautiful formations and texture of the playa surface that we all go to such extents to photograph is formed when the playa is flooded and then dries slowly. Some inconsiderate folks drive out there when it is muddy and then cannot resist the temptation to slop their way out toward the rocks... leaving footprints that remain for literally years. Don't be one of those people.
2. The playa is a place of vast silence, space, and solitude. Please respect that.
3. Death Valley is full of places of vast silence, space, and solitude. It took me a few visits to the Racetrack to understand that those places are also very beautiful and worthy of exploration.