Friday, February 15, 2008

Death Valley

We were pleasantly surprised at how beautiful Death Valley was. It has a lot of mountains and very pretty canyons. It is not at all what I expected. There is a mountain peak (Telescope Peak) that rises to an elevation of 11,049 feet that is only 15 miles from Badwater (the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at 282 feet below sea level). This vertical drop is twice that of the Grand Canyon. We definitely noticed the temperature drop. It was in the 20's when we were at about 4500 feet and it was 60 degrees in the valley.

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