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Travel Blogs from Death Valley
... the gorgeous Yosemite national park with its peak driving pass at 10,000 feet, down to 262feet below sea level driving through Death Valley.
Death Valley is a land of superlatives. It is the bottom of the continent, the furthest extent of heat and drought, and the outer edge of life.
It is the hottest place on Earth. With the world record set at a blistering 57 degrees Celsius. It appears that nothing could ever inhabit this arid abyss.
Up early as bloody usual and race off to Dante's View to catch a spectacular sunrise from this high elevation where you can see for miles and miles over Death Valley - only problem was that we hadn't allowed sufficient time for the scary drive up and thus we only caught the tail ...
... American diner but that seemed to house the most weird of the weird folk. Anyway our waitress seems a jolly girl and we place our order for a full unhealthy breakfast. As if by some pre-ordained miracle our food arrives virtually in an instant and as pleased as I am about the speed of service my food is served on a sizzling griddle plate. Heaven knows why this should be but now my food is ...
Death Valley holds the record for the hottest temperature recorded in the USA, 57C or 134F. It is the largest National Park at 5000sq miles and at it's lowest point, Badwater, is 282 feet below sea level, second lowest place in the world after the Dead Sea.
From the minute you enter Death Valley the desolation hits you, there is just nothing out there. We entered from the South over the mountains from Las Vegas and steadily descended to the Valley floor ...
... We got some warm clothes, cold & flu remedy, DVDs & bananas. We drove across more amazing countryside, Ruthy bit the bullet and had a drive just in time for us to drive through our first gusts of snow! scary!! Then up to some incredible peaks with amazing views before going down below sea level to Death Valley - home of the tarantula! Ruthy was NOT keen to run ...
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