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    Driving Down To Death Valley

    Planning a trip down to Death Valley, middle of February. Will drive down (from Vancouver, Canada). Planning on bringing various formats along for the ride. Only staying 5 days. Any tips/advice about the area, what to definitely see/not bother with, etc, please let me know. Thank you!

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    Re: Driving Down To Death Valley

    Dante's View, Zabriskie Point, and depending on your vehicle, Racetrack Valley
    Real cameras are measured in inches...
    Not pixels.

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    Re: Driving Down To Death Valley

    It is hot take water, it is the hottest place on earth
    FYI where I live it only goes to 114 F Death Valley is a lot hotter
    I live less than 200 miles from that spot good luck

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    Re: Driving Down To Death Valley

    On the way to DV, the partially abandoned town of Trona.
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    Re: Driving Down To Death Valley

    Ah, the winter road trip to somewhere not so cold. Something I understand well. I'm envious.

    Seriously though, my only trip to Death Valley was in July and we saw the thermometer in the car hit 50C, so February sounds good.

    I had borrowed a Hasselblad 40mm from a friend, just in case - turned out to be the right decision. It was the only lens I used.

    Have a great trip. (OBTW - Mono Lake (we came in from that way) was worth seeing too)

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    Re: Driving Down To Death Valley

    This old Ansel Adams book provides a good photographer's overview of the area.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Death-Valley...item2a2a824885

    You can find a signed one on Ebay for a couple of hundred dollars if you're fussy.
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    Re: Driving Down To Death Valley

    Mid Feb will be fine in terms of temp. I'm thinking about a short visit myself around that time. Definitely Zabriske, Dante's View, Golden Canyon and Titus Canyon.

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    Re: Driving Down To Death Valley

    I have spent a lot of time in DV in January. The temperature in winter is very comfortable, usually about 75 during the day and 40's at night.
    Don't skip the lesser sites like the Stovepipe Wells dunes, devils cornfield, salt flats, Ubehebe crater, and if the snow doesn't prevent it, the charcoal kilns and surrounding areas.

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    Re: Driving Down To Death Valley

    Which route do you plan to take south from Vancouver and into Death Valley? Where will you be staying while visiting DV? The weather should be comfortable and five days is more than adequate for an initial visit.

    You will be in for a treat, especially at that time of year. Have a fine trip!

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    Re: Driving Down To Death Valley

    Silly me, I'll be there middle of March.... oops. I guess I'm just too excited. Merg, we'll be staying in Stovepipe Wells. We'll be heading down through the eastern part of Oregon and down through Nevada.
    Everyone, thanks for your input!

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