Thursday, June 14, 2012
Death Valley -- the LOW point of our trip!
Incredible combinations of sand, rocks, very hardy plants, and mountains. These sum up Death Valley, a place like no other we have seen. The scale is overwhelming as you travel through the 3+ MILLION acre park. You will want to be sure your car is in good shape and that you have plenty of water available to drink.
This is part of the borax mining facilities that are just about gone. There was quite a bit of other mining operations in the late 1800's, but we would not have enjoyed working in the desert heat everyday!
As we passed through Furnace Creek, the temperature was increasing, although it was cool the day we visited (only got up to 96). The ranger at the Visitor Center noted that it had been over 120 the week before and that the hottest temp recorded was over 134!