Monica mentioned the good deeds from yesterday. Today was difficult because we maybe saw fewer than 50 people all together. Not too many people flock to Death Valley as tourists, but we loved it. The scenery is spectacular and the novelty of the heat is pretty neat - it's actually painful when getting out of the car sometimes. You can see the temperature at 1:00 in the afternoon from the picture Pee Wee took of the dashboard gauges in our rental car. A few minutes earlier I felt like running - you can see a picture Pee Wee took of me running towards him after he dropped me off and then drove a half mile up the road. Hey, how many times will I have the opportunity to run in that kind of heat? Besides it was only 119 when I reached the car.
It was a neat feeling when we stood at Badwater in Death Valley - the lowest point in the country at 282 feet below sea level. Seeing pictures and hearing stories about it made it pretty awesome to actually be there. Now we're staying near Mt. Whitney - the highest peak in California at over 14,000 feet - quite a contrast in a 12 hour period.
We had an interesting experience this morning - we hiked a mile to the Falls at Pantamint - parts of it were through very narrow paths with boulders on each side, and other parts we had to balance ourselves while we forded tiny streams on long narrow fallen wooden branches. On the way back we were very surpirsed to see two other people walking in the other direction toward the falls. We didn't expect to see anyone because there just arent't many people in the area. They were two women maybe in their forties - we spoke to one of them - the other kind of stood back - I think Pee Wee might have scared her. When we got back to our car we saw theirs. It was painted with advertizing for "WickedCampers.com" and had bumper stickers showing that WickedCampers is worldwide. Someone please research that and let us know what it's all about.
That's about it for Day Two. Now that we're around more humans we hope to pick it up in the good deed department. Tomorrow we may be heading for the Sequoia National Park or Yosemite, we'll see.