onward and upward
Just writing about that horrible toxic night at Death Valley gave me a bad sinus infection that had me down for a solid 3-4 days. 😉 It’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 😉 But back to the rest of our journey… with far better days ahead.
Monday, Presidents Day, we drove a mere 100 miles (give or take) going from the lowest elevation in North America to the highest point in the lower 48. Leaving Badwater Basin in Death Valley, 282′ (86 m) below sea level behind, we had to climb a mountain pass or two until we reached the next campsite looking up at Mt Whitney 14,505′ (4,421 m).
Driving along Owens Lake, once a stopover for millions of migratory waterfowl. These days the water is shunted to LA and it’s mostly the salt flat we drove along for a good many miles. It was also rather shocking to see how little snowpack there was up on the mountain tops at this time of year. Snow melt is one of the most important sources of water for the entire state of California.
We stopped for a good lunch at Lone Pine. Then headed up the Portal Road to the Lone Pine campsite. The elevation at the campsite: 5860′ (1786 m) was well below Whitney’s peak at 14,505′ (4,421 m) And what a wonderful, quiet, secluded campsite it was! It more than made up for the previous night.