PCT Day 52

Death Valley to Kennedy Meadows.

I had the best night sleep at the campground. Being at lower elevation it was warm overnight and I could use my sleeping bag like a blanket, which meant I had room to move my legs when needed. The next thing I knew it was 5.30am and I had slept like a baby.

The drive to Death Valley was a couple of hours. The visitor centre didn’t open until 8am, so I had plenty of time. Just before the visitors centre was an overlook which I stopped at. Then at the visitors centre I got a ranger who had hiked the PCT in 2011, another high snow year, so I was helpful talking to her about the Sierra. I then got a map of the park and a junior ranger booklet to fill in and I was on my way.

Me and my bug in Death Valley

First stop was Badlands, the lowest point in the States at about 85m below sea level. I was pretty excited about that because hopefully in about a week I will have climbed Mt Whitney, the highest mountain in the contiguous USA. From lowest to highest!

Lowest point in the USA, 85m below sea level

I then stopped off at Natural Arch and the artists palate before heading back to the Visitors Centre. I got the most enthusiastic ranger ever, who was a little too perky about going through my booklet, then had me shout my junior ranger pledge to the whole visitor centre, but the result was another junior ranger badge! 👏🏼 😂

Natural Arch
Artists palate

On the way out of the park I also stopped off at Mesquite sand dunes before driving back to Ridgecrest, which felt like it took forever. I dropped my car rental off. Then thankfully Watercolor’s boyfriend was in Ridgecrest and able to give me a lift back to Kennedy Meadows. Where I spent the night eating and playing Sorry. A game I haven’t played since I was a kid. I lost, so I flipped the board in play disgust while declaring I would make a comeback. By then it was late and I went off to set up my tent before falling asleep immediately.

Today I am thankful for a fun few days off trail to do a really fun roadtrip.

One thought on “PCT Day 52

  1. Great post and fantastic photos, would love to visit Death Valley National Park to soak up some much needed sunshine, summer is yet to arrive in Ireland and it’s already June! Looks like you had a great trip, thanks for sharing

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