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Subject: [Leica] Death Valley
From: abridge at (Adam Bridge)
Date: Thu Mar 24 13:57:22 2005
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Thanks for the information, Oliver, I've filed it away for our next
trip in that direction.


On Thu, 24 Mar 2005 10:09:59 -0800, Oliver Bryk <> 
> Adam wrote:
> "Well first I'm jealous - we didn't have time for Death Valley and did
> Joshua Tree instead.
> I loved this set and so did my wife. I'd liked to have seen more of
> the dune textures.
> These are the singing dunes, aren't they? You get in via a northern
> entrance into the park?
> Thanks for the images - I think we'll get there this autumn."
> Adam, thank you for your kind comments. At your request I added one picture
> (#14) of the Mesquite Flat dunes.
> The shortest route to the Eureka Dunes is east from Big Pine on CA168; the
> Death Valley Road begins after a few miles. The distance to the dunes is
> almost 50 miles, almost all of it on a dirt road that gets washboarded
> between gradings. (Ignore the turnoff to the Saline Valley unless you want
> to go soaking in a couple of clothing optional hot spring pools.)
> They are indeed the singing dunes but they didn't sing for me this time.
> The dirt road to the dunes continues into a canyon between the dunes and 
> the
> Last Chance range that soon narrows and becomes unsuitable for low 
> clearance
> vehicles. I was surprised to hear and then see two F-16s zooming through
> this canyon in a 90 degree roll attitude at about half the height of the
> dunes above the valley floor, then level off, climb straight into the sky,
> and engage in some aerial maneuvers. I admit that I secretly envied the
> pilots.
> Kind regards, Oliver
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