The HOTTEST place ever recorded on the Earth;
The LOWEST elevation below sea level in the entire Western Hemisphere;
The DRIEST place in the Western Hemisphere;
The TALLEST place in all of the lower US states;
The LARGEST National Park in the USA;
It may sound like crazy that I wanted to visit these places but the privilege of a Californian is to be able to cover them all in a day or two, so why not on a long weekend? 🙂 Yes, I am talking about the famous “Death Valley National Park” which is the largest (in fact larger than Yellowstone, yes, yes). I never thought it would be so beautiful even though exhausting and dehydrating. We drove through the heart of the valley, its all a dry and barren land with extreme temperature and aridity but God made it “hellafa” beauty, I vouch.
- Furnace Creek and Stovepipe are aptly named 🙂
- Badwater Basin is a bold beauty and drains all the water out of you. It was 109°F (43ºC) when we were there
- Natural Bridge intrigues you sure
- Mesquite Dunes mesmerizes you
- the “Death Valley Scenic Highway” is certainly scenic with multiple stops for water and pictures 🙂
- Mount Whitney stands tall and makes all this rain shadow region what it is
- Family trek to the Lone Pine Lake at 10k
And we didn’t actually get time to visit many other places like Zebriskie point, Devil’s cornfield, Ubehebe crater and Eurake Dunes etc.. Next time 🙂
Trip tips: Carry lots and lots of water with you, sun screen, cooling glasses, hat, umbrella and whatever else that can protect you from the scorching sun and dehydration.
My Kids tried to breach the 10k elevation mark but had to turn back at 9153 due to bad weather. It still was a 4 mile hike on the slopes of Mount Whitney. We got two new friends and the 3 year old “Ashrita” was the most energetic:
Badwater Basin at 282 feet below sea level
Bumblebee’s “Off road” to the “Natural Bridge”:
“Salt Carpet” at the Badwater Basin
“Natural Bridge” — It was cut thru by flowing water, once upon a time 🙂
“Mesquite Dunes” — a desert in the heart of “redwood” state
Another 1200 miles in the log.. um..and special thanks to Manoj and Punnami for accompanying us.
thanks for reading.