Mike and I were married on October 25 at a small sunrise ceremony held in one of our favorite desert places—Eureka Valley, a little visited corner of Death Valley National Park. Eureka gets very little traffic due to its remoteness and rough-road access.
The National Park Service describes it best: Eureka Valley is an enclosed basin at 3000 foot elevation located northwest of Death Valley. The dunes cover an area only 3 miles long and 1 mile wide, yet they are the tallest sand dunes in California, possibly the tallest in all of North America. They rise more than 680 feet above the dry lakebed at their western base. As tall as these dunes are, they are dwarfed by the impressive limestone wall of the Last Chance Mountains which rises another 4000 feet above the valley floor.
We walked through here in 2008 when we backpacked 425 miles from Bishop, CA to the southeastern part of Joshua Tree National Park, so this is a special place for us. As it was a second marriage for both of us, we wanted to keep things low key, and focus on a beautiful location that was important to us.
Bishop friends Chris Iversen and Todd Vogel were on hand for the short, simple ceremony—Chris officiated and Todd was the photographer. Bean, their Aussie dog, was probably the cutest member of the wedding party. We think we were the only four people (and one dog) in Eureka Valley that day, which made the day even more special.
We spent a few more days in the area, exploring other canyons and old mining sites, eating great food and drinking Prosecco under the stars.
We spent the next few days exploring canyons and old mine sites, and climbing dry waterfalls. You can read about further adventures here.