As soon as we got out of the car I remembered why we didn’t drive up to Dante’s View the first time we visited Death Valley. At 5,475’ it was 20 degrees cooler than the valley, and with a very strong breeze blowing. There are a couple of trails that take you out along ridges with spectacular views of the park and beyond. On clear days Mount Whitney, the highest point in the US, and Badwater Basin, the lowest, can be seen at the same time, but not the day we were there.
My imagination made me think I was looking at ocean waves rather than salt flats.
The trail gets quite close to the edge. Jim looked back at me at one point and said “Didn’t that bother you?” I guess I was so busy looking out at the scenery I didn’t think about it. Until we came back down that is.
Since it was late afternoon by then we detoured off to Artist Drive, a 9 mile paved one way road that takes you through multi-hued hills. It’s really a beautiful drive.
That morning before we headed out I was walking to the trash and saw a large tow truck driving through the campground. He backed into a site and began working on hooking up this RV. Now there’s the reason why we have Coach Net. It’s got to be a long and expensive tow out of Death Valley. That really must have ruined their day!