Death Valley is the lowest point in North America, some 16 stories below sea level. Photo by R. Wayne.

A valley of salt, sand and heat

Death Valley National Park

The day before, I had been on a jet for four hours. That morning, I was at 4,500 feet watching the sun rise over the mountains in the Joshua Tree National Park. Now at sunset, I was 282 feet below sea level — the lowest point in North America.

The changes in barometric pressure — plus a lingering cold — added another sensory dimension to my walk in Badwater…

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Retiree, parent, longtime journalist, award-winning columnist, news junkie, film buff, contributing writer to the personal finance website HumbleDollar.com.

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