Into Death Valley

Into Death Valley

At Stovepipe Wells we were told it was a cool day in Death Valley – by cool, only 106 degrees fahrenheit.

Death Valley is the hottest and driest place in the United States. A temperature of 134 degrees fahrenheit, the highest ever recorded in the world, occurred here, and annual rainfall is only two inches.

It’s the uncompromising severity of the desert, and the almost surreal landscapes that brings tourists here. Sand dunes, white salt flats, contoured rock badlands, and copper canyon walls.

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Driving down into Death Valley towards Furnace Creek
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Late afternoon – 106 degrees fahrenheit, our highest temperature
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This is Badlands Basin, at 282 feet below sea level, the lowest point in North America and encrusted with salt

Anthropologists estimate that roaming humans first settled in the valley roughly 10,000 years ago. But it was a group of gold rush pioneers, who barely survived the trek across the area, who named the spot Death Valley.

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On the way we camped at Red Rock State Park. It was marvellously desolate, there were only two others in the remote campsite
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One thought on “Into Death Valley

  1. Dear Hilary & Roger,
    You have already seen so many beautiful places and experienced all these adventures! And yet there is more to come… Love to read all your stories.

    Keep enjoying the good live and take care of each other!

    Carin (from Holland)

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