Melted Candles in Death Valley Part 2: Animals in a Bathtub

Wicked Cool Salt Flats at Badwater, Death Valley National Parkopens IMAGE file
Wicked Cool Salt Flats at Badwater, Death Valley National Park

opens in a new windowContinued from Part 1…

Those who had opens in a new windowlived in Death Valley for more than a year were smart. It wasn’t their first rodeo and as soon as the electricity went off, they hopped in their cars and hightailed it to air conditioned casino civilization, most to Pahrump. They knew a few hours could add up to a dozen hours or even days.

We, on the other hand, were Death Valley power outage-virgins. How bad could it be? Both the opens in a new windowFurnace Creek Ranch and Inn had guests, mostly European, to take care of, so the restaurants served up limited menus with grilled food. Resort guests tried to cool off in the spring-fed swimming pools but they were a constant 82 degrees and offered minimal refreshment. Surprisingly, most guests stayed that night, probably because of the stories they could tell their grandchildren.

Come nightfall, our cat (which is still with me) and dog were panting heavily from the heat. To cool them off I tossed them them in the car and rode around Furnace Creek with the air conditioning blasting. After an hour I returned home and eventually tossed them in the bathtub to cool them off again. Not an easy task getting a cat in a tub of water by in my heart, I thought it was the best thing to do.

Continued in Part 3 to be posted tomorrow.



Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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