The chloride/borax content of the soil makes for blazing white hills...
We hiked the boardwalk into Salt Creek where we saw lots of little pupfish. The water is very clear and the fish are 1 inch to about 1 1/4 inches long.
One of the most striking wildflowers we saw were several clumps of Wooly Desert Paintbush (Castilleja foliolosa) --
And of course, the Borax Wagons! Each wagon carried 12 tons of borax and were pulled by the famous 20-Mule Teams (actually 18 mules and 2 horses). Each team pulled two wagons of borax and a 1200 gallon water tank (36 1/2 tons) on a 165 mile trip to the rail head at Mojave that took 10-12 days one way.
We only saw a small portion of the park today. I can't wait to see more of the wildflowers -- and to see Scotty's Castle!