We arrived at Badwater, which is the lowest point in the USA. It is 84 m (282 ft) below sea level. We had to stop once in a while to cool down the breaks of our truck but luckily the Ford also has good motor breaks.
The salt crusted lake without water seemed to be snow and the surrounding mountains had so many different colors due to the different minerals.
Our perfect timing left us in a totally packed park. Thanks to the reopening celebration of the Death Valley Visitor Center the park offered free entrance amd some events. At least we got lucky with a little show of 22 mules pulling a huge water tank and two trailers for mining – like in the old days.
We found a nice sleeping spot just outside the park and enjoyed the stars with temperatures below zero degrees Celsius (32 Fahrenheit).