While Day 1 and Day 4 were dedicated to getting there and getting home, Day 2 was focused on seeing popular sights including Titus Canyon, Leadfield Ghost Town, Badwater Basin, and passing through Stovepipe Wells for gas as well as Furnace Creek to pay our park fees.
Day 3 included viewing Ubehebe Crater, a trip out to the Racetrack to see the moving rocks, Lippencott Trail, Saline Valley, Darwin Falls, and Panamint Valley for $6 a gallon gas.
Here are our rigs lined up at the Death Valley National Park sign.
Because Wildrose is very much off the beaten path, there were very few other campers here during our stay, in fact, by Saturday night, we were the only campers here.
That's grilled pork chops, sweet potato, and corn for Friday night dinner.
Lunches were delicious as well, but enjoyed on the trail.
Inside each kiln you will still smell the scent of cooked Pinyon Pine tree lumber.
The charcoal kilns were designed by Swiss engineers and built by Chinese laborers. The 10 kilns were built in 1879 and in use for only three years, which helped them to remain in very good condition more than 100 years later.
Speaking of seeing things, here is the "At Sea Level" sign across the street from the Stovepipe Wells gas station. Have you seen this before?
Overall, Titus Canyon is typically a well maintained dirt road suitable for all stock SUVs (like a Toyota Highlander). Though, it is always a good idea to check with the ranger station before heading into Titus Canyon, just in case you have any doubts.
Titus Canyon is a one way trail with incredible geologic features as well as remnants of the short-lived town of Leadfield, which is now just (barely) a ghost town as much of the buildings and structures have dissappeared.
Note that there was intermittent cell phone service along the initial few miles of trail.
Seeing this area in person is amazing.
Convenient parking across the trail from building remnants.
Having been to this point in person now, it appears to be very clearly an uplift of the rock layers. I am not a geologist or scientist, but this is what it looks like and it looks like an uplift of the earth, so go figure.
Today, the graded road winds its way down to Scotty's Castle Road.
Badwater Basin is the lowest point on land in all of the western hemisphere.
In the parking area at Badwater, my Jeep Garmin GPS gave me a fairly accurate reading of -249 feet. Though more surprising was my recorded Maximum Speed of 102MPH. I did not know Wranglers could go that fast; perhaps this was achieved in manufacturer testing before I took delivery of my Wrangler (???).
While we suspected these burros to be government drones set out to spy on us, we later determined that they were real and only interested in getting to the other side of the road for a drink of water.
Hey, what do you call a baby burro? A "burrito".