Basking in the sun are these ancient pointy things that could be mistaken for rocks. Indeed they are really tufa formations both soft and porous. Ancient sea beds covered a chain of lakes including the well known Bad Water in Death Valley. How geologists know this is fascinating, but if you look carefully in Bad Water toward what would have been the distance shoreline you can see pretty obvious evidence of "bath tub rings". I didn't look for the rings here.
This is a hot, harsh place but very eerie and beautiful in a twisted way. It's definitely a place worth exploring if for no other reason than to walk around the former set of "The Planet of the Apes" and dozens of contemporary car commercials.
I do hope that we, StarCircleAcademy.com are able to put together a workshop here one day. Meanwhile you can see a star trail I took here (two, actually) by taking a look below.
If you're looking for Phil, try this photo.
PS: If you go, a high clearance, all wheel drive is recommended. Some of the most interesting formations require crossing a sandy wash. There was a Mercedes stuck in that wash when we visited.
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