Sheryl Crow: Leaving Las Vegas
Subtitle: Destination Death Valley
We have driven Death Valley before but not in a large Motorhome and not in the winter.
At this time of year just out of Vegas it was under 10 degrees C warming up as the day progressed.
And in January it's even more deserted than when we previously drove here in the summer
Amargosa Opera House
Driving our rented Motorhome up an American Mountain pass is easy, the roads are wide, there was zero traffic, and most of the time dry. But descending, that is another matter. Descending not so much fun!
Like good tourists we bought an Entrance Pass
Destination Death Valley and Badwater
Going down, still quite easy driving as there are no sheer drops on the side of the road!
There is a park and 200 metre walk to a viewing point for unfit tourists at Zabriskie point.
There is also a Golden Canyon trail but we don't have time for a big trail today.
One year in the future we'd be delighted to be fit enough and to be allowed (via invitation) to run the Badwater Ultra. At any rate this year we are doing a reconnaissance of the course. By motorhome and not foot!
Here is a 22 minute Youtube on Badwater. There are several longer videos
We took an extended walk over the Salt Flats and a small selection of the photographs we took is shown above.
The Town of Badwater
At this point we were sans Internet so we left the Basin and continued driving to find the town of Badwater.
Some while later: There is no town of Badwater. Eventually it became clear that the Ultra-marathon starts here and I'm guessing runners must spend the night before in a neighbouring town, Furnace Creek, the one about 20 miles away that we will try for tonight. Hmm
Golden Canyon Trail
With sunlight fading we just had time to start the Golden Canyon trail. We planned to do a 10Km or so loop.
As darkness fell we saw one other group and thought nothing of it. Using our Petzl Nao headtorches with 100 metre plus lighting range we could easily navigate the trail. But as we were finishing it appeared a concerned 'rescue Jeep' mistook us for the other [group presumably] , and when they realised their error they sped off. Hmm.
We arrived to the Sunset Campground late. Just time for a healthy bean meal (as is becoming our usual dinner diet), and then time for bed.
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