More driving today, neither for distance nor for speed, but for height and then depth. We didn’t have to climb a mountain, but we obtained excellent sandwiches in its shadow before carefully, deliberately hauling it all the way to the bottom of a basin, where we ate and schvitzed and took in nearby wonders.

Several dozen people clad in casual clothing walk in warm air and bright sunshine along a salt whitened stretch of open space near a fenced off parking lot full of cars and recreational vehicles Wednesday, March 14, 2023 at Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park in Death Valley, California. The day's temperatures did not appear to exceed 25 degrees Celsius, or about 76 degrees Fahrenheit.

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