We scurried out of Sin City and headed for the desert to cleanse our souls. Death Valley was the last stop on this American road trip. The drive took quite a bit longer than expected and a strong wind was developing which was picking up quite a bit of dust and really blowing the van around.
By the time we arrived in Death Valley it was getting on dusk and there was quite a bit of dust in the air now. We were even lucky enough to see a Coyote casually trotting down the road, head bowed, looking ominous. The ranger later told us we were very fortunate to see one at all.
That night we just cooked in the van and went to bed, van being constantly buffeted by the wind making for a less than relaxed night's sleep.
The next day was spent driving around this arid, beautiful valley with it's salt lakes, mud flats and beautiful rock formations. The lowest point of the valley being 86m below sea level, the highest point being 3,366m above sea level but from Dante's View you can see Mount Whitney - the highest point in the contiguous United States.
I'll let Ariane's photos do most of the work here, but the next day we drove out of the park which seemed to stretch on forever. Even once we'd left the National Park, the landscape continued for many more miles. We were even lucky enough to glimpse a couple more Coyote. There's also an Airforce base nearby and two or three fighter jets were practising some low aerial manoeuvres. They're quite camouflaged against the desert and you can't hear them until they actually go past which all made for a rather exciting end to a really remarkable road trip through this great majestic land.
With a great reluctance we drove back into LA and dropped the van off. We will drive you again some day United States.