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Badwater is the lowest spot on the continent, being 282 feet below sea level at the lowest spot. That's salt there on the ground, not snow :-)
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We love Death Valley almost as much as BIBE. Been there on a few different occassions. Got lots of interesting stories from there. Like BIBE, getting on the outback roads is a real blast. Tea Kettle Junction and the Racetrack were some of the most interesting. Wind at Ubehebie Crater almost knocked us down trying to walk. And just like BIBE, it isn't that crowded in the summer Robert
I really wish we could have visited the Racetrack, but it wasn't feasible to do in the workshop with so many people. I should have scheduled a few extra days by myself and rented a 4x4 (I heard the road down there is pretty bad). Maybe next time...We asked the employees at Stovepipe Wells about the summer. They said it's mostly Germans who come out to enjoy the 120°+ heat. Sort of a macho thing... they like to brag that they've been to such a place in those conditions.
There's always the mostly unknown ghost town at Ibex Spring, inside the east edge of the park and not too far from Shoshone. It's a LONG walk across BLM designated wilderness and the NPS sure doesn't advertise it. Remarkably intact and unstabilized...not the kind of ghost town most get to see.
I've heard of Ibex Spring, but never made it there. Rhyloite is pretty cool for a ghost town, but a little too touristy for my taste. We did have fun photographing some of the decaying buildings there. It is amazing that that large of a town (with somewhat modern construction) could just be abandoned and left to rot.
Very cool TJ!Half the battle is just getting to places like BB or DV. The other half is knowing how to capture the vistas presented to you. Great job on both counts!!
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