As promised, I have returned from my camping trip with pictures. Considering that I am a truly terrible photographer, it is more than a little surprising that I actually manage a few nice shots. They can be found at my Flickr page.
I had a great time (apart from a little motion/altitude sickness at first). The bloom seems to be ending now, but seeing mushrooms growing on the dunes, a lake where the salt plains should be, actual pup fish and flowers creeping up the sides of the Mars-like terrain was really something.