After months of anticipation I will finally be able to witness the Death Valley super bloom. For those who don’t know, the super bloom is predicted to happen once every 10 years all depending on rain conditions. Some say that it could be a once in a lifetime experience. I leave my house at 3 pm, pick up Ashlyn and embark on the 3-hour drive to the hottest place on earth. We arrive right at sundown with no plan on where to camp. We stop at the first campground and all the spots are taken. The sun is setting faster and faster, making it harder for us to see where we are going. At this point we are contemplating just sleeping in the car. After another 10 miles of driving we finally come to the next campsite and luckily they had open spots for us. We park our car and unload all of our gear for the night. Set up our tent, cook hot dogs for dinner and now it’s time to hit the hay and prepare for the adventure tomorrow.
Lights out, eyes closed, and right before I fall asleep the wind starts peacefully blowing. Slowly the gusts start increasing and our rainfly is flapping all over the place. One of our pegs gets knocked loose and the rainfly nearly goes blowing in the wind. I get out of the tent to tie it down and it seems to be nice and secure so I went back to sleep. Again, right before I fall asleep the tent hits me in the face and is about to collapse. The winds at this point are gusting 40-50 miles an hour and sand is getting blown straight into our tent. I wake up Ashlyn in an urgency to hold back the tent. I run out of the tent, grab my backpack and any heavy object I can find to hold the tent back from collapsing and blowing away. After about an hour, the winds seem to subside and it is now 5 in the morning. I can finally get some rest. 20 minutes pass and the winds are blowing even harder. I call it quits and pack up the tent. Might as well start our adventures bright and early –and sleep deprived.
We look out into the distance and there is a 100-foot tall wall of sand blowing towards the South. I am devastated that the super bloom might be completely blown away, but decide to give it a try after coming all this way. We start driving towards this huge sand wall and are blasted by sand as thick as fog. It seems as if there is no ending and I am crossing my fingers that there will be an exit. Slowly but surely there is an opening. We start to come out of the sand and I can slowly start to see fields of rocks covered in beautiful color. I get the biggest smile on my face and instantly pull over to start taking pictures. I snap my pictures and move on to the next location. The day continued just as planned and we saw everything from fields of yellow, purple, green and white. Nature constantly makes it hard for me to fathom its beauty. It was a day to remember and who knows when the next super bloom will occur.