We arrived at the North End of the great desert depression known as Death Valley just in time to catch the golden light for which it is famous and makes it such an alluring mistress to many a would-be photographer. Our plan was to explore the lesser traveled fringes of the park starting at Eureka Dunes and travel through the high desert backcountry to Saline Valley and their hot springs. Look for a place to camp and then head up to Racetrack Playa to see the famous racing stones. Our route would take us overland some 40 miles along a terrible corded out road and down into the valley proper. Our goal was to check out the main parts of the park and get out before the great tourist masses descend for the New Years holiday.