Moving Rocks in Coyote & Roadrunner Land: the Beginning of a New Roadtrip

Death Valley 2005

Death Valley, May 2005 by DK Sanders-Weatherford

Recent life stuff had me itching to plan a new road trip. So I am. Roadtrip 2020: the Southwest! Why the southwest? Because of the results of Roadtripping Step One…..

Roadtripping Step One: What’s something I’ve been wanting to see for a while and still haven’t? Something that just never worked out.

Of course the moving rocks on the Racetrack Playa out in Death Valley were the first to come to mind. I’ve wanted to see them for so long. I’ve tried. I even cried on that one trip when I realized I had mapped and planned badly, and there was no way we could get out there before it got too hot.

Ideally, we would go see the moving rocks in the early spring, but the public school system doesn’t understand about moving rocks in the desert. So the only way we can do it is to go in the early morning, before it gets hot. The problem has been finding a place close enough that we could get up before sunrise and drive to the playa by the time the sun comes up. There’s a long, dirt road that goes out there, and the closest motel looks to be about two and half hours away.

But figuring out this dilemma was for another day. The first step is just figuring out your primary destination. Keep in mind that “primary” doesn’t necessarily mean your main goal, only a starting point for the trip plan.

The moving rocks also fit right in with a lot of destinations I’ve been bookmarking lately, slot canyons and abnormal rock formations, you know, the kind of geography that you see in the Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoons.

I’ve been wanting to see this ever since I was a kid watching Saturday morning TV.

The Second Step is to start mapping!

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