Here's what went down today in the DV: Saw Todd off on his marathon, drove south to the Golden Canyon and Badwater, saw Todd finish his marathon, drove to a nearby ghost town, then headed out for some more night photography.
Todd starts his morning with a portrait of he and Maggie
The runners are briefed and treated to a pre-race monologue
The landscape of the marathon course ahead
And they're off!
Todd in fine form a dozen yards into the race
Let my wandering through Death Valley while Todd runs begin!
A visit to Golden Canyon where I found plenty of beautiful geology on display right in front of me
Me thinks, even in December, it's pretty dry out here
Yup, pretty dry
Leaving Golden Canyon
Looking across Death Valley at Telescope Peak
The same road looking one way...
...then the other.
Me getting my driving desert trek carrot on
Badwater Basin interpretive sign reflected in salty water
I may look worried but I'm really just squinting
Nearby mountains reflected in the Badwater water
After leaving Badwater I found this rock
Berries on a stark white, salt crystal covered plant
Meanwhile, back at Furnace Creek Ranch, runners crossed the finish line about 5 hours after they started
Maggie peers into the distance with her stunning kiddie binoculars
Maggie displays the keen cheer sign she made for Todd
Todd approaches from the distance
Todd's congratulated by a misc. race lady
Todd takes a breather
And gets his reward for a race well done
Maggie snapping a pic of Todd on our way out of Death Valley
The road to Rhyolite (note the change in pavement going from CA to NV in the distance)
Creations at an artist's house here in Rhyolite
Dusk colors on the way back to Death Valley
Moon and stars over Badwater
Badwater at night