We drove to Death Valley National Park today. Buddy and Elaine had been, of course, but said it had been a long time. There was a terrific flood last year; they had not seen it since most of the roads and buildings had been renovated.
We were expecting something similar to the salt plains around the Great Salt Lake. It was nothing like that! It was incredibly beautiful with colorful rock formations, sand and amazing vistas. It is the hottest place on earth, with the highest recorded temperature of 134 degrees in 1913. Elevations range from 11,049 feet (the highest peak) to 284 feet below sea level. It is also the largest national park outside of Alaska at 3.4 million acres.
We were here on a good day, as the temperature was only 94 degrees with a strong wind blowing. We hiked to several observation points to get some great (hopefully) pictures. Dinner was at Moms Diner.