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A Lost Death Valley (and surrounding area) Video
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Drones have a pretty cool "follow me" function, that allows you to set a height and distance from you, and the drone will follow.  My son Noah has a nice drone, and took some impressive pictures when we went wheeling in Moab.  We plan to mess around on some of the tougher trails in Death Valley area the next time I'm out there.

David Bricker / SYR - ITO
DV Rat.  Live upstate NY, play Death Valley, retiring to Hawaii. '95 Cherokee, barely.
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#12
Ok, thanks for the explanation. I bought a drone for about a hundred bucks and have yet to break it out of the package. I hope it has the 'follow me" feature. I won't be using the drone inside of DEVA NP boundaries. In fact I remind the "droners" that I come across of the prohibition. They usually are not pleased with me.

BTW - Hawaii and Death Valley - a contrast worth enjoying often! Haleakala Crater would easily contain Ubehebe Crater within its basin. This portion of Hawaii most resembles DEVA although the north shore of Maui can resemble the volcanic boulder fields just west of Desolation Canyon and east of Badwater Road. Come to think of it, walking on top of the hot lava on the Big Island can send one back to the volcanic days of DEVA. I would not be surprised if Joshua Trees could be transplanted on the dry side of Lanai and thrive there. Imagine if Darwin Falls morphed into The Seven Sacred Pools near Hana Maui Hawaii?
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Sorry to highjack the thread (but this forum has been open for almost a week with no highjacking!), but it sounds like you've spent some time on the islands.  

Yes, Hawaii and DV have some similarities in certain parts.  We are on Hawaii island, and there are prickly pear cactus growing on the northwest side of the island.  The area is considered desert, as it receives less than 10 inches of rain per year.  It is quite hot and desolate.  Our house is on the rainy side, and we have trees that grow over two feet per month!  Yet, we're also 8 miles from the most recent lava flow.  It is quite a landscape.

Our favorite island is Lanai, but no way can we afford to live there.  Yes, I suspect Joshua trees could exist on Lanai, as the road to Polihua beach already has red dirt, and vert desert-like vegetation.

David Bricker / STR - ITO
DV Rat.  Live upstate NY, play Death Valley, retiring to Hawaii. '95 Cherokee, barely.
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