Scotty's Castle wasn't on our original Death Valley itinerary. Everything changed, though, after the big storm that dropped a half inch of rain. Badwater Road and Artist's Loop were closed, so we couldn't go back there as hoped. So, we headed north instead, and it turned out to be a good day. No traffic, no crowds, just us, the blue sky, and the open road.
Since the castle was virtually deserted, it was easy to take pictures. We didn't go on the tour--just poked about on our own and ate our lunch at the picnic tables by the parking lot.
We loved the architectural details. Scotty's Castle is so remote, it's quite wonderful to imagine living there. Death Valley Scotty seems to have had the perfect gig, building the castle for a well-heeled desert lover with deep pockets.