My family and I went to Death Valley National Park in California on Saturday, January 3rd. This is the the lowest, driest, and hottest area in North America.
First we went to the salt mud flat – it was a big part of land that was all mud and used to be under the ocean. According to the movie we watched, this area is home to the pupfish. (Wikipedia: a species of fish that is the last known survivor of what is thought to have been a large ecosystem of fish species that lived in Lake Manly, which dried up at the end of the last ice age leaving the present day Death Valley in California. The pupfish is adapted to the shallow, hot, saline water of a particular part of Salt Creek that flows above ground year-round, and is also sometimes referred to as Salt Creek pupfish.) We did not see the pupfish here but we did see it at Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge where we saw a lot in the hot springs.
Then we walked through a canyon; we climbed on the rocks and looked for lizards.
Then my brother and I walked through the sand dunes. We were trying to get up a big sand hill. When we got to the top we were really high up. Then after we made it up, we emptied our shoes then we slide down the big hill. It was really fun! After, we went up Dante’s View and there was a really good view of Death Valley.
Then we drove home and on the way back we saw a road runner and a coyote.