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"After 2 days in the desert sun my skin began to turn red.
After 3 days in the desert fun I was looking at a river bed.
And the story is told of a river that flowed made me sad to think it was dead.

You see I've been through the desert on a horse with no name....

After 9 days I let the horse run free because the desert had turned to sea.
There were plants and birds and rocks and things
There was sand and hills and rain.

The ocean is a desert with its life underground and the perfect disguise above.
Under the cities lie a heart made of ground but the humans will give no love.

I've been through the desert on a horse with no name.
It felt good to be out of the rain.
In the desert you can't remeber your name.
Because there ain't no one to give you more pain.

La, La, la la la la, la la la, La La, la la la la, la la la, ........." -- Neil Young

The Valley's 'Badwater' is proclaimed as the "lowest point in the Western Hemisphere". Well, almost, actually farther out on the salt flats are two spots at 282 feet below sea level. Badwater is at a mere 279 feet. When visiting Badwater, look behind on the ancient cliff for a sign showing where sea level is.

Across from Badwater is the Panamint Mountain Range, with Telescope Peak at 11,049 feet. On the other side of the Valley, near Telescope is Surprise Canyon's ghost town Panamint City which can be reached by a high clearance four wheel drive vehicle.

(PS: A good reference book for travelling the Valley is THE EXPLORER'S GUIDE TO DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, by T. Scott Bryan and Betty Tucker-Bryan.)

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