The hip reason to visit Death Valley these days is to see the desert wildflowers bloom in the spring. It was part of our motivation to drive 9 hours each way at end of March. I think we may have been a little late for the major bloom—that or I just wasn’t blown away by the ubiquitous yellow flowers growing alongside the road.
I kind of wonder if the wildflowers are more impressive to people who’ve visited Death Valley in the extreme heat of summer (perhaps when they were younger and less inspired by nature) and have more recently come to rediscover the awesomeness of the place. In any event, it wasn’t until we hiked up to the Keane Wonder Mine that we started to see some flowers here and there, as well as some neat bugs and a lizard. So I thought I’d dedicate a single post to some of the flora and fauna we saw over the course of our weekend.