Death Valley National Park
Winter is still crossing the country, the perfect time to visit this treacherous terrain. I arrive in mid March at Furnace Creek where the temperature was at 92° at sunset and 62° at sunrise. This is at 190 feet below sea level. (which made me wonder if it was high tide or low tide) As the daytime highs nears 100° experiencing summer in this desert valley can be a treat, knowing the rest of the country is bundle up weather.
I first take Falls Canyon trail which is in the northeast part of the park. This trail is a slight inclined hike of about 4 miles up a drainage channel from Titus Canyon. Here I saw a desert holly in bloom for the first time. While there are many wildflowers in bloom along the entire park, they will be gone soon. As they will not be able to survive the high temperatures for long.
The Mesquite Sand Dunes is another stop on my places to venture while in this desert valley. Here I see a blister beetle enduring the sandy conditions. I understand he secretes an oil that will cause the skin to blister so no handling this insect.
As I was originally planning on spending 3 more nights camping in this national park, wind gave my tent a beating while camping in the Wildrose campground and came out with a broken leg. Therefore I was in need to get back into civilization to re-supply. So in Las Vegas for a week before venturing up into Yosemite, where the winter conditions will still be in existence. So there is no escaping the winter.