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Hanging Out in the Valley of Death
It's hot. It's flat. And there's not a whole lot to do there, but Death Valley, California has it's share of adherents. Maybe it has to do with the odd atmospheric pressures at 300 feet below sea level. Who knows. Whatever the case, many folks make the trek to Death Valley to hang out, explore the desolate lake beds, stride the salt flats, and crawl around the dunes. Right now is probably the best time to go since in summer Death Valley can reach 120 degrees, hot enough to fry an egg (and perhaps even some sausages, yum!) on the hood of your car. Of course, if you're completely insane, you can attend or even participate in the Badwater Ultramarathon, an epic 135-mile race from the lowlands of Death Valley to the snowy heights of Mt Whitney. Crazy!