Ever since I visited Death Valley in mid summer with temperatures above 50°C I knew I had to go back someday. Back then it was just too hot to be comfortable, so we basically just drove through. When we were in the area this October and the forecasts were relatively ‘cold’ with 30 to 35°C, we decided to pay this special place another visit. So glad we did!
I’ve always had a thing for places with extreme climates. Whether it’s extremely cold, hot, wet or dry – it doesn’t really matter. It’s just so fascinating to see what an extreme climate does to the landscape.
Death Valley is such an unique place, from the extreme low lying Badwater Basin at 86m below sea level, to the mountain ranges around the valley. It can quite easily reach 50°C in summer, while winter nights can be freezing. The valley is extremely dry, but when it rains wildflowers start to bloom all over the place. It may seem like a big and empty wasteland at first glance, but when you start to look closer there is so much to see. Easily one of my favourite National Parks in the US.