I'll apologize in advance...this post is a bit picture heavy!
Every once in a while you could see white patches of salt in the distance.
After finally deciding that the sunset was over, we started to drive north toward our hotel. We were spending the night at Stovepipe Wells, a little collection of hotel rooms and a restaurant and a general store in the northern part of Death Valley. It took a little while to drive back up there, but we eventually found the hotel, checked in, and walked over to the restaurant (well, saloon) for dinner. The saloon had a really strong wild west vibe, and after a little while it seemed like they had turned on a fog machine because it started to get pretty hazy inside and it even smelled like that fog machine juice. Turns out we were wrong...what we saw and smelled was blowing sand! While we were inside, the wind had really kicked up as a cold front moved through, and the sand from the nearby dunes was blowing everywhere. People could barely get inside the door because the wind was so strong.
I had wanted to try to get some star pictures at night since it should have been so clear in the desert, but as soon as we stepped outside I knew that wasn't going to happen. You could barely keep your eyes open, there was so much sand! We walked over to the general store, bought a couple little things, then made our way back to the room and called it an early night.