The drive to the bristlecone pines from Los Angeles passes by routes into Death Valley and the almost ghost towns of Keeler and Darwin. If the home of the bristlecones is described as arid, how do you describe Death Valley? It is one of the hottest places on the planet. There are many scenic choices in Death Valley and the one that drew me the most are the sand dunes near Stove Pipe Wells. Like the ocean waves of Hawaii, the dunes are made of tiny particles pushed by wind. Moving waves of sand trapped in the low valley. The interesting thing about the dunes is the ever-changing shapes of the dunes and the ripples across their surfaces created by wind-blown sand. On some days when a breeze is up, you can see the sand particles blowing off the lip of a dune into the soft lee side of the dune. Walking in the dunes is tricky because of the steep slopes and soft sand. As feet sink into the dune, it becomes a challenge to climb a slope and every step leaves a mark of human passing that will only be erased over time by the wind.