Woke up at , an hour before my iPhone alarm rang. Bright moon reflecting on the water of Diaz Lake was a healing sight for my sleepy eyes.
Quick breakfast of banana, coffee, multi-nuts wheat bread with cream cheese
On the road by 5;20 am. 12 miles of extreme winding steep mountainous road before we reached a flat area with low desert shrubs growing. Actually, the main road shifts from winding mountainous area to flat bed with elevation changing from 4,000 ft above sea level to 200 ft below sea level.
According to an official documentation, 133 Fahrenheit is the hottest recorded temperature in Death Valley. The best time to visit is said to be between Christmas and New Year.
7:23 am drove passed the Furnace Creek Campground. At 200 ft below sea level, palm trees and other desert plants seemed to be thriving.
We made it. By 10:00 am, we are safely checked in at the KOA Las Vegas RV Park. Honu is settled under a shade of a large tree and we are running the AC to survive the 104 degree temperature outside.
Aloha -- Cathi