Arriving at sunrise at the entrance to the Namib-Naukluft National Park at the edge of the Namib desert in western Namibia, one is greeted by some of the largest sand dudes in the world, painted in a remarkable orange hue as the sun rises. If you have made it to this far flung corner of the world, its imperative that you continue on to Deadvlei, which is a pan of 900 year old petrified trees, sitting on their own even further into the middle of nowhere. Due to heavy rains in the mountains the night before that caused flooding (yes, this happens in the desert!), our ATV could not make it to Deadvlei. And so we had to walk, and at times wade, several miles through 3-4 feet of water in the peak sun to get to Deadvlei. Once we arrived, and with nobody else around, it felt as if we had been inserted in either a Tim Burton movie or Salvadore Dali painting. Truly a spot unlike anywhere on earth.
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