- This year's plan pegged adventure a few notches higher - a 6 day long excursion into the washboarded and rocky backroads of DV. Kat and I have been going to Death Valley for the last 3-4 years, and knew in our hearts that there was so much of the park to explore, the best part of which we felt, could only be accessed through the offroads.
The last week before departure was spent working on the Samurai (new 2" lift Old Man Emu leaf springs, new Kumho all terrain tires) to get ready for some rocks.
There were lots of areas that just blew us away, and left us wondering "this is still part of Death Valley?". There is a wide swing of elevation and different kinds of terrain and corresponding foliage, rock composition, and general feelings of amazement and isolation.
Special shout out must be made to the Upper Springs, which remains unmarked on official DV maps handed out by the park. Natural hot springs, perfect to warm up our jarred bones after several days cavorting in the desert. Super amazing, super awesome. All of the time, in Death Valley.