In the same holiday as visiting Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks, I was spoilt enough to also visit the hottest place on earth I have ever been…Death Valley. It reached a whopping 49C while here (photographic evidence below)! A dry heat (thank heaven it wasn’t humid) which was incredible to experience.
Just across the border from Nevada, in California, it is possibly one of the most fascinating places I have ever been as it is so different from anywhere else I can think of. It is the lowest point below sea level in North America (282 feet below).
And yes, there is life here. Even on a large salt flat, there are snails living in the water at the edge. There are birds which hug the shade of the Furnace Creek hotel…and drink water from the blades of grass (man-made rain!). Some amazing rock formations and of course, desert sand dunes.
Just be careful when you venture here, take plenty of water and turn your air conditioning off (yes, you read that right) in case your car overheats!