Take the back road. Take a picture. Take your time.
Route 66, Essex, Calif. Only 64 miles to Laughlin, Nev., and the Colorado River.
Highway 95, Amargosa Valley, Nev.
Highway 374, Amargosa Valley, Nev.
Tecopa Hot Springs Road, off Highway 127 south of Shoshone, Calif.
Highway 127, Shoshone, Calif.
Women's restroom, Furnace Creek Visitor Center, Death Valley, Calif.
Mojave aster, Dante's View, elev. 5,475 feet, and Badwater Basin, Death Valley, -282 feet.
Photos: Ellen Alperstein