Death Valley is a land of extremes. It is one of the hottest places on the surface of the Earth with summer temperatures averaging well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It encompasses the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at 282 feet below the level of the sea, and it is the driest place in North America with an average rainfall of only 1.96 inches a year.

We made it through Death Valley and not have AC turned out to be a blessing.  We saw a dozen people stopped at Emergency Radiotor Water stations because they were overheating.  Don’t get me wrong, we were miserably hot, but just glad we didn’t break down.

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