I'm just loving sharing our road trip 2015 adventures with you ..so happy
you clicked over for some Death Valley National Park fun!
Now those are two words you don't typically
drop into the same sentence..... "fun" and "Death Valley."
But it's all perspective, right?
Death Valley, a land constituting approximately 3,000 square miles near the California/Nevada border and east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains,
was brought into the national park system in 1933.
Tons of mind blowing facts about the history and geology of the area
can be found here at the official National Park Service's site.
Better be prepared though.....
very few basic needs can be met in the vast and desolate valley....
as we're warned here:
Now, there are mannnnnnny more wow facts to be offered on the valley
But here are my five faves..........
~ 1 ~
Those crazy kids who were let loose to name Death Valley's sites
had a cool sense of humor.
Ha, see what I did there?
With names such as these, you know you know exactly
what you're in for as you enter the park.
~ 2 ~
Death Valley boasts the lowest elevation in the United States!
Now, you'd think Furnace Creek 's 190 feet below ( ! ) would qualify for the record......buuuuut.....
Actually the - 282 feet at Badwater Basin is the lowest point in the United States,
followed by New Orleans at -8 feet below,
And Badwater is also the 8th lowest spot in the world.
( click to geology.com for more details on just this! )
Here are some shots of the refreshing ( ! ) Badwater Basin...
Now, I live at sea level, so this was pretty neat!
So, this craggy mountain behind our van?
Well, HERE...is where "sea level" actually is!
Alllllll the way up ( 282 feet) the side of the incline, it's actually labelled.
~ 3 ~
You knew it's hot in Death Valley.
But did you know how hot?
In fact, it's soooo hot, Death Valley holds another record:
Hottest place on the planet.
As of 1913.
~ 4 ~
Running in Death Valley during the heat of the day, or actually anytime of day, is rather............ memorable.
The kids and the hubby are runners. They're ambitious and they have goals.......
annnnnd when it's "hot" at home and they don't feel like getting out the door,
they wanted to be able to say, "Well, we ran in Death Valley,
for heaven's sake; how hard can this be?"
Notice how I'm taking pictures from the <relative> comfort of the A/c.
~ 5 ~
Death Valley is home to one of many western ghost towns!
You know you've stumbled upon Rhylolite when you spy this display:
< !! >
We're big on exploring and absorbing the history of abandoned
mining towns of the west.
Ghost Towns of California:
Your Guide to the Hidden History and Old West Haunts of California
California Ghost Town Trails
Here are a few of my travel posts for this summer's
"From Sea to Shining Sea "series
if you'd like to click over:
From Sea to Shining Sea~ Our Day at Sea World San Diego
Bat Flights, Caverns, Sand Dunes, Starry Nights, Orcas, the Hottest Spot on Planet Earth, the Blue and the Grey, Stone Aquariums & Alien Invasion~
I'm linking with Ashley
for her weekly #5fave post and Ramona for her WW linky.....
so be sure to click over when you have a minute to say hi to these ladies and
peruse a few other 'fave' posts!
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