I took this photo on my first trip to Death Valley in 2011. When I went back earlier in 2014, things seemed so different. Huge rocks were just missing. I looked and looked for this rock again but could not find it. This thing had to be at least 300 pounds. Surely no one would have taken it or moved it, would they? What I did find were trails with no rocks or trails with a rock at each end. It just didn’t make sense. The Racetrack playa is still a beautiful and mysterious place, but I hope that unconscious humans don’t cause this part of the park to be shut down.

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