I have a friend who lives year round in Death Valley. At 282 feet below sea level, it is one of the most spectacular places I have ever visited. The color of the 11,000′ jagged peaks spans a spectrum I never knew rocks had. When the sun dances with the shadows around the expansive desert valley it can take your breath away. I have seen it rain in Death Valley with heavy low clouds hugging the mountains. I have seen the desert explode in flower blooms and yes, I have even seen snow on the peaks.
For the sake of anonymity, I will call my friend Death Valley Girl or DVG. Ironically, she likes to ski. DVG described what it’s like to live in a place that reached 127 F (52.7 C) for 4 days in a row this summer, and holds the world record of 134 degrees F. This July was the hottest month on record, which got scientists to extrapolate that summer in the park will be too hot for humans to handle.… Read More