Karen and Martin do America! travel blog

Karen, 282 ft below sea level

Death Valley

The last possible day for Karen to do some celeb spotting, so we headed back to Beverley Hills to have brunch at a celeb hangout - the Barefoot Café. Good food, no celebs. After that we did a bit of shopping at the famous Beverley Centre before leaving LA, a task that proved to be more difficult than it should be.

We got to Death Valley and it was both hot and windy. Curiously, however, many of the roads to the famous vantage points were closed as they had been washed away recently by flash floods - not something you really expect in a place with a name like Death Valley and which is the site of the highest recorded temperature in the continental United States - 126 degrees (in the shade). Fortunately, Badwater basin was still open. This is the lowest point in the US and sits at 282 ft below sea level. It was very, very windy and we almost got blown off our feet as we headed out into the basin to check out the salt flats. There was no one else around, which made the whole experience very spooky.

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