We Survived Death Valley — USA

We woke up early in Bishop CA and headed straight towards Death Valley National Park. Our plan was to take in as much as we could along the way to Las Vegas to catch a flight on to New York. We planned our route to Furnace Creek and then down to Badwater Basin. Originally we wanted to try and stop over the night because the night sky is supposed to be an incredible sight but we'll have to save that for a re-visit as everywhere was all booked up. 

On entering Death Valley we were met by the mechanical screech of fighter jets flying less than 100m overhead. The noise was so loud and so unexpected that we both thought that the engine had fallen out of our hire car... Thankfully it wasn't and as the jet whizzed passed us on the left it came into full view and we a) breathed a sigh of relief that we weren't stranded and b) immediately found somewhere to stop and get a better look/recover from the near heart-attack that we'd just had. We pulled over into a viewing point looking over Rainbow Canyon and realised that there were two jets tailing each other and flying deep into (what we now know) as Star Wars Canyon - the nickname the place has been given due to the fact that jets like to fly low through this valley. From this view point the jets actually flew below us, it was an incredible sight.

After our encounter with the jets we made our way through the valley and along the never ending straight roads, the only form of wildlife we encountered was a lone coyote taking shade in the shadow of a road sign.

The other stops we made were at the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, the visitor centre in Furnace Creek and Badwater Basin, both times we stopped we struggled to be in the heat for more than 30 minutes and by the time we returned to the car it felt like an oven. 

Make sure you take plenty of drinking water as it gets sooooo hot, we stocked up on loads before we left Las Vegas and it came in useful here for sure. Also worth noting that there's a gas station in Furnace Creek if you hire a tiny car like we did so have to refuel every 20 seconds. Ironically our car was a Mitsubishi Mirage which we thought was very apt for a trip to the desert...

{ This post is part of our USA 2017 Trip }

Death Valley National Park Road
Death Valley National Park Road Fighter Jet
Death Valley National Park Road Star Wars Canyon
Death Valley National Park Road Road In
Death Valley National Park Long Road
Death Valley National Park Flora
Death Valley National Park Coyote
Death Valley National Park Tree
Death Valley National Park Dunes
Death Valley National Park Foliage
Death Valley National Park Furnace Creek Visitor Center
Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park Furnace Creek Visitor Center
Death Valley National Park Badwater Basin
Death Valley National Park Badwater Basin Sign
Death Valley National Park Badwater Basin Salt
Death Valley National Park Badwater Basin