Death Valley to Bristlecone Pine Forest, California

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Start location: Death Valley, CA _MG_0948.jpg
End location: Big Pine, CA
Miles today:
Miles total: 3113.5 miles
Min altitude: -282 ft
Max altitude: +10,000 ft
Min temp: 41F
Max temp: 80F

What a day of extremes. We got up and out of the tent around 05:30 to drive over and catch the sunrise at Badwater, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at -282 feet below sea level.

Water! I need water! Help!

By the end of the day we had taken a short hike around Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest at 10,000 feet above sea level, and could gaze across the valley at Mt. Whitney, at 14,505 feet the highest point in the lower 48 states.

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, California

We sweltered our way across dunes in the scorching desert floor of Death Valley and threw snowballs at each other about five hours later.

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