I once stayed in Beatty which is right next to the place. I was visiting nearby Death Valley, so always stocked up on loads and loads of water from
the hotel taps.
It was only at the end of my stay that someone told me that NOBODY drinks the local water there.
Death Valley is an incredible place to visit by the way, well worth it.
There's a visitor's center right in the middle.
Takes about an hour to review, and it's air conditioned down to 20C.
So when you exit, you walk back into like 115C and immediately wonder what the living bejesus you are doing there :-)
3 million acres of wilderness, and things like the volcanic Ubehebe Crater.
So there I was, admiring the view and the huge updraft of wind there.
Then a carload of German tourists screams in and stops.
They all get out and take pictures of themselves leaning over the crater against the wind.
Then they tore off again after less than a minute.
I get over that one and what is presumably a 'local' parks-up, a ways from the crater.
He gets out the car, locks it, and then just jogs-off into the mountains.
I got a little more adventurous, and took a walk off the track into a canyon.
I've got my water bottle of course, but now it's likke swallowing bath water.
Never mind, I can sense oncoming heatstroke so I head back to the car which has now been joined by another.
Like, I had driven all afternoon not even seeing another car for 100miles or so.
Out of nowhere comes this retired couple , from Wales in the UK (complete with very strong accents).
They ask me if I would like some of their ice.
Freakin' surreal place.
Even just once.
Stay in Beatty - very close and good value.
Take lots of BOTTLED water and a good camera.
Come back with great memories.
edit on 19-12-2010 by ommadawn because: Grammar