After our epic hike through Golden Canyon, we drove a little south to visit Badwater Basin, the lowest point in Death Valley NP and also in North America. The basin, which is covered in salt for miles around, lies 282 feet BELOW sea level. Charlie thought this was very interesting, and wanted to hike all the way out to the end of the trail to view the expanse of salt flats. He and Brad ventured out while Flora and I took a little time to relax in the van. They noted the interesting patterns in the earth and sand and salt, and how those patterns changed as the mixture of earth to salt also changed.
Notice the sign way up the mountain side. It says “Sea Level”.
On our drive home from visiting Badwater, we enjoyed a gorgeous sunset.