Travel Theme: Dry

Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is: “DRY.” Themes inspire others to share thoughts and/or images of common subjects.  

ImageAbove: Death Valley National Monument, California, as we visited few years back. Specifically Rt. 190, descending east into Panamint Valley. Hot, desolate, foreboding, inhospitable, and … DRY AS A BONE! 


Break down here, and you better have a lot of water!  

Towns and features in this vicinity: Lone Pine,  Stovepipe Wells, Furnace Creek, Badwater Basin, Funeral Mountains; and below, on the western side…, lonely Zabriski Point.


Badwater Basin, in Death Valley is the lowest point in the continental USA, 282 ft (86m) below sea-level Incredibly, it is only 88 miles (142 km) from the highest point (Mt. Whitney, 14,505 ft (4421 km!)  Below is a Google Map of the southwestern USA connecting these points with a line, and a picture of Mt. Whitney from Lone Pine, about 15 miles away. All these photos were taken on the same day as we traveled ESE generally along this line–>


 Below, Mt. Whitney from Lone Pine, California


Thanks for viewing. Comments and “likes”  are always appreciated.

We took these images some years ago while on our first West Coast Vacation

13 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Dry

  1. Lynn

    We had a flat tire in Death Valley!! We also has plenty of water. Camped overnight and when we woke up at 5:30 am it was already 97 degrees. It truly is a wonderful place!!

  2. Jenny Trozell

    I would have loved to visit Deathvalley last summer but with extreme heat and heat records in many parts of South West US that just was not a good idea 😉

    1. Jenny: If I recall correctly, you had similar experiences along Rt 66 last year. This year, from what I’ve read, temperatures in areas of populated SE Australia were challenging the US. Thanks for your comments, as usual. M -:)

  3. Learn something new every day. I’m referring to the high-low points.

    That area is one we have not traveled to yet. Also want to see the sequoias and redwoods, and . . . well, a lot of stuff. Probably worth a trip sometimes soon.

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