I did make a visit to Scotty's Castle and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. The next stop was Ubehebe Crater which was another amazing place in Death Valley. I was with my friends and unfortunately I forgot my camera that day so I do not have any photos. It was a good lesson in letting go and enjoying the company of friends on a fun outing.
All good things must come to an end and so it was with my visit to Death Valley. On the way out I drove past Badwater and stopped once more to take one last photo.
Back on the road, I soon came to a screeching halt when I spotted a small group of Mountain Sheep (also called Bighorn Sheep) near the side of the road. Well, not really near, but close enough to get some photos without a telephoto lens.
I could not believe my luck! Their eyesight is as good as mine when I use my eight-power binoculars and can spot predators a miles away. I stayed in my car and they didn't see me as a predator.
They are diurnal, feeding mostly in the morning and evening, and resting during the day while chewing their cud. At night they have regular places where they stay, usually beneath a rock overhang or in the mouth of a cave. Here is a little video I took of them: http://youtu.be/_vxbFKUp0Gw
I was so lucky to end my visit to Death Valley on such a high note. I had never seen a Bighorn Sheep before and I hope to see many more mammals during my Big Adventure.