We got outta Dodge over the weekend following Mike’s birthday, heading south to revisit Eureka Valley and adjacent Death Valley and explore a few of the many, many canyons there.
These valleys — along with nearby Saline, Panamint, and Owens Valleys — are thousands of feet deep and many miles long. They seem even larger if one sets out to walk through them, as we did in 2008 when we walked from Bishop south to Desert Center, a 425-mile journey that took 35 days.
This weekend, though, ambitions were more modest: With sunny skies and balmy temperatures moderated by a cool breeze, we explored two unnamed canyons in Eureka Valley and camped near its big dunes. On our last day, next door in Death Valley, we walked up Fall Canyon.