Death Valley National Park
During our recent travels we have visited the southern most part of the Continental United States, Key West. The most north western point in the Continental United States, Cape Flattery, Washington. The arctic circle, Cold Foot, Alaska. And we have visited the southern most point in the United States at Ka Lea on the Big Island in Hawaii and the Equator, Nanyuki, Kenya (admittedly both without AIROSMITH). So, why not visit the lowest elevation in North America? You would find that at the Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park.
When we decided to visit, all of the National Park campgrounds were closed due to California Covid restrictions. The only campground we found in the park was the Fiddlers Campground at The Ranch at Furnace Creek. While the campground is a part of the Resort, it is a no hook-up site, meaning we were dry camping at a high end resort. The advantage at being at the resort was that we had access to the amenities there. Especially access to the pool.
We took the first day in the park to drive to Badwater Basin. That drive and the sites between accounted for the first days adventure.
|Badwater Basin at 282 feet BELOW sea level is the lowest point in North America. Our campsite at Furnace Creek was 190 feet below sea level.
|Next up was Red Pass and Titus Canyon. The canyon road itself is 27 miles long, and one way for much of it. However the drive to reach the starting point in Nevada is more than 50 miles. The road starts near the ghost town of Rhyolite. From that point it is rough gravel road over the pass and through the Canyon.
|Lunch at Red Pass
|A stop at Klare Spring presents an opportunity to see Native American petroglyphs. Communication from an ancient time
|You first arrive at the Grandstand on the north end of the playa
|A bit of whimsy on the way to the Racetrack. You will find Teakettle Juntion. Had we known we could have added to the collection!
|The Processing Plant
|These wagons were pulled by mule teams from the processing plant 165 miles across the desert to the railhead in Mojave. Each train of wagons, two carrying Borax and one carrying 1200 gallons of fresh water. The entire train weighed more that 70,000 pounds. On a good day the team made 16 miles a day.
|The rear wheels were 7 feet tall
|Spring fed pool
|Dinner is served!
|We were graced with the beginning of the Snow Moon while in the park