Badwater Basin is the lowest point in the western hemisphere. It is 282 feet below sea level. At the end of the boardwalk we continue walking out to the middle of the field where it is the most interesting.
We are walking out there on salt. It’s the same as your table salt and very white. The salt that looks brown is just covered in dirt and dust and if it would rain it would wash away the dirt and exposing its whiteness.
Salt crystals expand and that causes the crust to form these crazy shapes.
On the way back from Badwater Basin we drove through Artist’s Drive. This is a two-mile one-way loop through some very colorful formations.
A stop by the visitor center tells us the temperature is 84.
Our next stop is to visit the Harmony Borax Works. Borax was mined here and processed here (by Chinese laborers), put it wagons and hauled out of the valley. It was so heavy that it took 20 mules to pull the wagons.
- Gasoline: none
- Lodging: $6