Racetrack Playa is a dry lakebed, best known for its strange moving rocks. From the website: “The road to the Racetrack is rough, and good tires, 4×4 and high clearance are usually required. Standard rental vehicles are not recommended, and often get flat tires. Use extreme caution on this road in the summer heat. There is no cell phone coverage in the area. Drive time from Furnace Creek is at least 3.5 hours each way.” A stargazers writes: “It is one of the few places I have visited in my life where I could actually hear a pin drop and see the Milky Way just be looking up. Excepting for the valley walls you will have an awesome experience with just your eyes or a telescope. Low light pollution, exotic location, and as quiet as a person can experience.”
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.