The depths of Death Valley, the lowest land surface elevation in the USA, seems like an appropriate place to spend Halloween. This will be my third trip to Death Valley National Park this year and the first time the temperature will be under 100F. Today the weather should be only in the low 70s.
I used to think Death Valley was on the way to nowhere until I realized that the drive is only two hours and 70 miles longer between Las Vegas and Monterey than driving the most direct 500 mile route.
If all goes as planned I will be in Death Valley today experiencing the lowest, driest and hottest place in the USA on a day when it is low and dry, but not hot. That sounds like a cool Halloween to me.
Death Valley National Park on the outer edge of life.
Tomorrow my plan is to stand next to the largest living beings on earth – giant sequoia trees in Sequoia National Park which grow in scattered groves on the southern slopes of the western Sierra Nevada of California at an elevation of 4,500 to 7,000 feet.
Happy Halloween from Loyalty Traveler.
Post trip 10/31 update: I learned today that it is tarantula mating season in Death Valley. How appropriate for Halloween that I came across a tarantula spider up close today.
An even more karmic encounter was meeting my friend coyote, the trickster, in almost exactly the same spot of Panamint Valley, the adjacent valley west of Death Valley and within the National Park, where I encountered a coyote on the road last May.