|Now, we bring along a certified EMT and who has to do the surgery?||Hiking out to the dunes at Stovepipe Wells||Jenny admiring beautiful mud cracks|
|The dunes at Stovepipe Wells||Deepti on her way to the big star dune||On top of the big star dune|
|This morning we are
headed for Stovepipe Wells and its dune field. The wind is still
blowing strong and we get a good view at the sand blowing across the dunes.
We spend the late morning within shadow of the steep walls of Mosaic Canyon, exploring the polished marble walls and breccia deposits. Afterwards its a long drive to Ubehebe crater where we have a windy lunch. Six of our plastic shopping bags participate in a physics experiment. The wind blows them out of the van. Within seconds they are hundreds of feet up in the air and soon out of sight. Hold on to your sandwich.
After lunch we head for Racetrack Playa. Its a long drive over bad roads, but thanks to Prof. Geiss, our excellent driver, nobody admits to getting seriously sick. The sailing stones are impressive and we spend about an hour discussing how they might move. Despite several geological explanations, the answer is clear: ALIENS!
We don't have the guts to take our van across the mountains, so its a long drive back to Stovepipe Wells and out of the park to the Alabama Hills.
|Jason watching the moving dunes||Steve on top of the star dune|
|A little geology lecture in Mosaic Canyon||Polished marble in Mosaic Canyon|
|Steve giving Jeff a hand|
|Gee, Professor Geiss, see what I found !||Group in Mosaic Canyon|
|Marble and marble conglomerate, Mosaic Canyon|
|Another great lunch spot: Ubehebe crater|
|Finally: Let's race!|
|An exciting stone race on Racetrack Playa||Jason keeping score with ...||... Jenny and Sam watching the action up close.|
|Teakettle Junction||Getting supplies at Stovepipe Wells|
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