Re: Death Valley

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Posted by Give Me HEAT on July 20, 2001 at 19:18:36:

In Reply to: Death Valley posted by Lydia Flores on July 17, 2001 at 20:05:41:

Lydia Flores wonders "What is the best month to visit ? Maybe I need to ask when is the temperature temperate?"

I'm a little demented, but I like visiting during the summer. Not because the crowds are any smaller, they're not. However, I really enjoy the extremities involved, particularly in the late summer when the chances of thunderstorms are relatively higher. If I want to hike, the Panamints are right there with over 11,000 feet of cool elevation. Camping up there is nice too at Mahogany Flats, which chimes in at about 8,000 feet. Waking up at that chilly elevation and then scurrying down to the heating valley is a treat for jangled, work-a-day senses. I also enjoy heading over to Badwater and hauling out an ice chest and a beach umbrella or two and then settling in to watch the tourists recycle themselves through those nice air conditioned buses. I was there last July, (2000), with a couple of friends and pitched a Cinzano cafe umbrella and stayed the whole day. Temps got upward of 120, and we sat there until about 2:00. This is of course dangerous. Not advisable behavior by any means; in fact, a person would have to be an idiot to do something like that on his/her own. As I said, though, I really enjoy the extreems found in DV in the summertime and given preparation and sufficient caution, and a sincere attempt at non-idiotness, a summer visit can be a great expreience.

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