Hot and Dry

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John Christopher on December 21, 2010

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MaxFarrar on June 25, 2013

John: I have been looking for the sliding rocks of Bonnie Claire playa. Did you take this photo at Racetrack playa (according to the tags) or Bonnie Claire which is just down the road from the location of your picture.

John Christopher on June 25, 2013

Max: I didn't record the exact name of the place, all I remember is that it was next to the main road to Nevada, just outside Death Valley proper

MaxFarrar on June 26, 2013

John, thanx for your reply. In that case, you must have been at Bonnie Claire playa. If you look in G-E abt a mile SW from the current position of your pic, there's a light colored area next to 267. That's the playa as far as I can tell. You might want to relocate your pic there and add the name of the playa to the title. Reading up on sliding rocks, there seems to 8 other dry lakebeds in the area with them. I'm going out there when the heat abates later this year to look.

John Christopher on June 26, 2013

Hi Max. Thanks for the follow up. Again, I didn't record the exact name of the place at the time, but I do remember that it was on the left side of 267, while Bonnie Claire is on the right (heading away from DV). The particular dry 'lake' (more like a shallow pond at best) where I shot this photo, is probably too small to have a name. It looks endless and expansive in the photo because I used an ultra-wide lens held very low to the ground. As far as the tag "Race track" I am using that generically (not referring to "the" race track) to draw the attention of visitors to that race track. I am essentially saying "while you're looking at race track images here is one more you may be interested in, showing the same phenomenon). Thanks again for the suggestions and have a nice day.

MaxFarrar on June 27, 2013

John: I'm going to go out and find that rock if it kills me. Ha ha.

John Christopher on June 27, 2013

Hi Max. Ah the "rock" :) This provides a good way to communicate relative scale. If you are referring to the hard stony object in my image, that would almost fit in the palm of your hand... not quite a 'pebble' but closer to a pebble than a rock. And there were many like it all around. Good luck to you

MaxFarrar on June 29, 2013

John: I'll let you know how it goes, but not until after things cool off a bit out there.

MaxFarrar on September 27, 2013

John: Well, I went out there a month ago. There are lots of sliding fist-sized stones on the playa, with many parallel tracks. Fortunately or unfortunately it is very easy to drive almost any vehicle onto the dry lakebed. Most of the sliding stones are over on the NW side of the lake. The stone tracks are somewhat mixed up with tire tracks.

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