San Diego, CA
Death Valley National Park - Eastern California
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Spectacular desert scenery, interesting and rare desert wildlife, complex geology, undisturbed wilderness, mysterious sliding rocks, which apparently have been blown across the desert floor by high winds, badlands, and may sites of historical and cultural interest, are just some of Death Valley National Park's many wonders.
It receives less than two inches of rain per year, and holds the record in the Western hemisphere for the hottest reliably reported temperature - 134F (56.7C) at Furnace Creek in July of 1913.
Death Valley is full of suprises (never place your hands on rocks above your head if you cannot clearly see the surface of the rock, as snakes and other cold blooded critters use these ledges to warm up after the cool evenings, and keep an eye on the weather all the time). It contains over 1,000 miles of paved and unpaved roads and no visit is complete by just staying on the major roads of Death Valley. A combination of camping in the backcountry and staying one night at the historic Furnace Creek Inn make the trip a true authentic adventure.
April 10th, 2011
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