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Headed to the heat for holiday destination at Death Valley

WOULD you holiday in hell? “Come to Death Valley!” screamed the advert.7-10-2013_3-20-08_PM_fct1024x630x122_t460

“It has all the advantages of hell without the inconveniences,” it continued, an April Fool’s joke printed in The Death Valley Chuck-Walla – A Magazine for Men in 1907. It must have seemed terribly funny at the time. However, the pranksters were on to something.

Crossing the Deadman’s Pass and Funeral Mountains, I pulled to a stop just outside Furnace Creek as a scaly chuckwalla lizard ran for cover, a flash of movement against the bare stone. Nearby, in the middle of the deserted children’s playground, a rusty swing creaked in a barely-there breeze. There wasn’t a soul to be seen. Death Valley sizzled in the midday sun. More . .

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