Jan 20, 2021
Last night was one of the windiest night we have ever spent in the van. One problem with our van is the poptop, it’s like a big sail and really catches the wind. It kept our van rocking back and forth through the night. A couple of times the wind stopped and everything was calm and quiet, but then it would start up again.
By morning the winds had calmed down to a breeze. We drove back to the Furnace Creek area and took the 17 mile drive to Badwater Basin. This is the lowest place in the western hemisphere and one of the hottest place in the world. However, the last time we were here, it was cold and rainy. Today was cool, dry and very pleasant. We were the second car in the lot, but the other guy had walked way out into the valley, so we had the place to ourselves. We took a few pictures and walked out onto the salt flats. There was a sign high on the mountain that indicated where sea level was.
On the way back we took the Artist Drive. It is a beautiful drive with all the various formations and colors.
After that drive we were done with Death Valley for this trip. It is an immense space with some interesting locations spread through the park. Other than the vastness of the park and the appeal of Badwater Basin, I think the canyons of southern Utah are much prettier and interesting. Even the areas that are not part of national parks. But I love visiting all of them.
The rest of the day was spend driving out of the park to Pahrump, NV. Once in town we got gas, groceries and I had enough internet access to update the blog. We had planned to camp at a spot on the edge of town, but it was just a flat desert area, so we decided to continue another 30 miles and camped up Lovell Canyon, about 40 miles west of Las Vegas. We found a nice spot in the cedar trees about 3 miles up the canyon.