Mike and I got out of town over Thanksgiving break to take advantage of balmy late-November weather and get in a little canyon exploring in Death Valley.
Mike planned a 36-mile loop that started on the Scotty’s Castle Road north of Stovepipe Wells. We would walk west up the giant alluvial fan of Dry Bone Canyon into the Cottonwood Mountains. Then we’d go around a 600-foot series of huge dry falls, head north along the crest of the Cottonwoods, and drop down eastward into Bighorn Gorge, down into the bottom of Death Valley and back to the Sprinter.
It was three full days of walking, fossils, sleeping under the stars, dry bones and even a five-course Thanksgiving dinner.