Desert Sun5 a.m. – 76 degrees.

 

As you read this, pause for a moment to take in the sounds around you.  Listen to the near sounds, maybe the hum of electronics or a clock ticking.  Listen further out, and maybe you hear a car passing or a dog parking.

 

Now remove all of those sounds so there is absolute silence, as if you are in a vacuum.

 

That is sunrise at Badwater Basin.

 

Way. Up. There.We woke up with a vague plan of we have to get out and see as much as we can before the triple digit heat.  We decided to start with a sunrise, so Jim raced Mother Nature driving to Badwater Basin where we set up our bag chairs and tripod.

 

6:30 a.m. – it’s now 80 degrees in the shade and climbing rapidly.

 

We sipped coffee at the lowest elevation in the country at 282 feet below sea level.  For a few moments we enjoyed the most still and serene place I’ve experienced.  It was void of human noise – no cars or airplanes, no voices or footsteps, and void of sounds from nature – no leaves to rustle, no birds or chipmunks.

 

Pure.  Silence.

 

It was so quiet we both started to notice a ringing in our ears, a stark contrast to the world we live in filled with so much noise pollution.

 

It's True!Badwater Basin is a massive expanse of white made up of almost pure table salt covering an area that used to be a lake. The two-inch average annual rainfall is overwhelmed by a 150-inch annual evaporation rate.

 

In less than a day we experienced both the highest point in the contiguous U.S. and lowest point in North America.

 

Temperatures are rising, we have to keep moving…

 

Badwater Basin Photos