Saline Valley
November 18 - 21, 2014

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I arrived at Palm Spring Camp in the Saline Valley with friends on Monday, November 17 at sunset. We set up camp and stayed until Friday, November 21.

Palm Spring Camp, November 18, 2014 In my tent I stack two queen-size airbeds. I make a proper bed with sheets, blankets and pillows.

Palm Spring Camp, November 18, 2014 Our campsite in Palm Spring Camp.

Palm Spring Camp, November 18, 2014 The outhouse is visible on the other side of our camp.

Palm Spring Camp, November 18, 2014 In our camp kitchen we have two tables and two stoves.

Palm Spring Camp, November 18, 2014 I bring a 10-foot by 10-foot canopy for shade.

Palm Spring Camp, November 18, 2014 Our camp has a mini bar.

Saline Valley, November 18, 2014 Afternoon clouds.

Saline Valley, November 18, 2014 Afternoon clouds.

Palm Spring Camp, November 18, 2014 Palm Spring Camp.

Saline Valley, November 18, 2014 Late afternoon sun on the mountains.

Smoke Trails, November 18, 2014 A flight of military jets flew through the valley trailing smoke like they were practicing for an airshow. I have never seen this activity in the valley before.

Smoke Trails, November 18, 2014 Smoke Trails

Wave clouds, November 18, 2014 Wave clouds form above the mountains in the afternoon.

Panorama of our camp at Palm Spring, November 18, 2014 Panorama of our camp at Palm Spring.

Palm Trees, November 18, 2014 A small grove of Palm Trees grows in camp.

Saline Valley, November 19, 2014 Morning in camp.

Palm Trees, November 19, 2014 Another cluster of Palm Trees grows next to the Volcano Pool. Inside the circle of trees, it is always shady and cool.

Volcano Pool, November 19, 2014 Volcano Pool.

Volcano Pool, November 19, 2014 Volcano Pool.

The original hot pool, November 19, 2014 The original hot pool. Palm Spring was named for the native palms in the background of this picture. All the other palms are non-native.

Source Pool, November 19, 2014 The source of the hot water is 117 degrees F.

Source Pool, November 19, 2014 Source Pool.

Camp shower, November 19, 2014 The camp shower is equipped with a wooden deck for changing and a flagstone floor. The coat rack is a relatively new addition. Users bring extra soap, shampoo and cleaning materials to maintain the shower.

Camp shower, November 19, 2014 Camp shower

Camp shower, November 19, 2014 The shower is running in this picture. It takes a while to warm up, but it puts out enough hot water to keep you warm in a stiff breeze.

Camp shower, November 19, 2014 Shower changing bench and bathrobe rack.

Camp sink, November 19, 2014 The camp sink has hot running water.

Camp sink, November 19, 2014 The camp sink has been equipped with a drain to carry the water away from the sink.

Saline Valley, November 19, 2014 Palm Spring Camp.

Palm Spring Camp, November 19, 2014 Palm Spring Camp.

360-degree panorama of Palm Spring Camp, November 19, 2014 360-degree panorama of Palm Spring Camp.

Little planet view of the Palm Spring Camp panorama, November 19, 2014 Little planet view of the Palm Spring Camp panorama.

Palm Spring main pool, November 19, 2014 The main pool being refilled after cleaning. The camp host, George, assembled the fountain from PVC pipe to cool the water as the pool fills. Otherwise the temperature after filling can reach 110 degrees F.

Palm Spring main pool, November 19, 2014 Palm Spring main pool

Palm Spring main pool, November 19, 2014 Palm Spring main pool

Palm Spring Volcano Pool, November 19, 2014 Palm Spring Volcano Pool

Palm Spring Camp, November 19, 2014 View of our camp from the main pool.

Umbrella, November 19, 2014 My friends bring this umbrella for shade in the pool.

Saline Valley, November 19, 2014 The age of the basalt flow in the foreground is a very small fraction of the age of the quartz rich intrusive volcanic rocks (Granite) in the background.

Peace Sign Cinder Cone, November 19, 2014 The peace sign on the cinder cone has been a landmark for decades. The cinder cone is one of the youngest geological features in the valley.

Headward erosion, November 19, 2014 The mountains east of camp are very young in geologic terms, just a few million nyears old. The have uplifted so quickly that headward erosion has not yet reached the top of the ridge.

Inyo Mountains, November 20, 2014 The Inyo Mountains in morning light.

Photography Prints Inyo Mountains, November 20, 2014. You can purchase prints of this photo as large as 16 inches by 24 inches.

Palm Spring Volcano Pool, November 20, 2014 Palm Spring Volcano Pool

Panorama of wave clouds, November 20, 2014 Panorama of wave clouds forming over the Inyo Mountains.

Eureka-Saline Corridor, November 21, 2014 Looking back at camp and the Eureka-Saline Corridor from the Saline Valley Byway.

Eureka-Saline Corridor, November 21, 2014 Palm Spring can be seen at far left. The larger clump of alm Trees is located at Lower Warm Spring.

McElvoy Canyon, November 21, 2014 McElvoy Canyon

Photography Prints McElvoy Canyon, Saline Valley, November 21, 2014. You can purchase prints of this photo as large as 16 inches by 24 inches.

McElvoy Canyon, November 21, 2014 McElvoy Canyon

360-degree panorama of the Saline Valley, November 21, 2014 360-degree panorama of the Saline Valley from the Saline Valley Byway and the Lippincot Road.

Little planet view of the 360-degree panorama of the Saline Valley, November 21, 2014 Little planet view of the 360-degree panorama of the Saline Valley.

The Lippincot Road, November 21, 2014 The Lippincot Road leads up a rugged canyon to the Lippincot Lead Mine and Racetrack Playa.

Saline Valley Byway, November 21, 2014 Looking back down the Saline Valley Byway.

Saline Valley Byway, November 21, 2014 Saline Valley Byway

Saline Valley Byway, November 21, 2014 The Landcruiser climbs up the Saline Valley Byway.

Saline Valley Byway, November 21, 2014 The Landcruiser climbs up the Saline Valley Byway.

Panamint Valley, November 21, 2014 Panamint Valley from the south pass out of the Saline Valley.

Photography Prints Panamint Valley, November 21, 2014. You can purchase prints of this photo as large as 16 inches by 24 inches.

Panamint Valley, November 21, 2014 Panamint Valley

Panamint Valley Sand Dunes, November 21, 2014 Panamint Valley Sand Dunes

Telescope Peak, November 21, 2014 Telescope Peak is the highest point in the Panamint Mountains at an elevation of 11,043 feet.

Panamint Valley, November 21, 2014 Panamint Valley

Panamint Valley, November 21, 2014 Panamint Valley

Panamint Valley, November 21, 2014 Panamint Valley

Time lapse movies taken in the Saline Valley in Death Valley National Park from November 18 to November 21, 2014. The speed of the action has been increased by a factor of 240. Fifteen seconds of video shows one hour of real time



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