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Death Valley
Tue Aug 18, 2020 3:45 am
  • "The earth probably saw its highest temperature ever reliably recorded today: 130F (54.4C) in California."

    I was in Death Valley in November 1996; we stayed in the motel at Furnace Creek for a night, driving from Vegas. It was mild then, of course, being November, but it was still 86F/30C at Badwater, the lowest (below sea level) point of the valley.

    Here's a photo: a scan of a very old 35mm slide - I did feel privileged to stand on dry land below sea level. :D

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Re: Death Valley
Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:38 am
  • Death Valley is, as my dad used to say, "miles and miles of nothing but miles and miles".
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Re: Death Valley
Wed Aug 19, 2020 4:19 am
  • I like your dad's saying, but there is so much to see there. I wish I had had time to visit The Racetrack playa (dry lake bed), where the mystery of the "traveling boulders" has recently been solved, and some cretin vandalised the area in 2016 by driving over it, leaving miles of tyre tracks. It is a long way from the locations we visited nearer to Furnace Creek.

    One of my reasons to visit Death Valley was my love of the mostly-detested movie "Zabriskie Point" which is set in that location, in part, and has (amongst other artists) a Pink Floyd soundtrack. It was literally a pilgrimage, I guess.

    Apart from Zabriskie Point and Badwater, these locations included Golden Canyon, Artist's Drive, and Devil's Golf Course. Leaving the valley floor, we drove up to Dante's View, which is about 5,700 feet directly above Badwater. You can see the entire 140-mile length of the valley from there, amazingly "shortened" by the dry desert air. It is also about 25 degrees F cooler than on the valley floor.

    I wrote a couple of pages about my time there when I got back to Australia; probably far too long to post here.

    Anyway, here are a few more photos. None do justice to their subjects (I do NOT claim to be a photographer), and I also lost some when my camera played up, with broken film, incorrect/overlapped exposures, etc.

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    The raven is real... or is it Randall Flagg? :D

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    The entire valley viewed from Dante's View

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    Try playing golf here!
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Re: Death Valley
Wed Aug 19, 2020 4:30 am
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    My friend Lewis, who I stayed with for a week in Las Vegas. I lost contact with him many years ago, sadly. He took me all over Vegas, including Nellis AFB, and drove me to Death Valley.

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    The turnoff to Zabriskie Point

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    Zabriskie Point
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Re: Death Valley
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:32 am
  • Should buy as much property as you can now, they say it is going to return to being a Sea again soon.
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Re: Death Valley
Wed Aug 19, 2020 7:57 pm
  • Aussie Seahawk wrote:The raven is real... or is it Randall Flagg? :D

    Watch out for the walkin' dude. ;)
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Re: Death Valley
Thu Aug 20, 2020 3:00 am
  • The ravens up at Dante's View were indeed "macabre" as they look at you with their "too-knowing" eyes, and they sound like crows with tonsillitis! Silly image, I know - the poor corvids really get a bad press in fiction, legend and myth.

    The air at Death Valley is just so incredibly DRY (as I guess it is in Phoenix). It was the first time I ever had a water bottle with me... but now I take one everywhere, even in mid-winter (just tap water). Walking out into the valley floor, even a couple of hundred metres, you can feel the apparent heat build, even if only 30C/86F. I can't imagine how savage 54.4C/130F would be.
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Re: Death Valley
Thu Aug 20, 2020 2:32 pm
  • "Cool" place!!
    Many of my friends have completed the Badwater 135 mile race there.
    Starts at the lowest point in the US, and finished at Whitney Portal.
    The race USED to finish at the top, the highest point in the US.

    It's amazing to see them run 135 mile when the temp usually gets to 120.
    Local guy I have met but don't know, has won the race. Scott Jurek.
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Re: Death Valley
Sat Aug 22, 2020 4:37 am
  • ZtoL - I had no idea such an insane race existed! Thank you for your post.
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