Although I have not told you about the amazing nature of Utah and Arizona yet (coming up this Wednesday) let’s jump ahead and see one of the most beautiful parks in the world: Death Valley.

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Words can hardly describe how beautiful this place is so I will let the images do most of the talking.

Of course it was a great opportunity for a photo shoot. If I had been very smart I would have brought several outfits but alas I had only one. The color purple of this dress actually lends itself quite nicely for these amazing backgrounds. Here I am in front of the aptly named “Artist’s Palette”.

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This dress was thrifted from a store in The Netherlands. It is a bit different from what I usually buy. It has more pattern and is more girly than what I usually wear, but I like the color purple and its slightly graphical pattern. Although I would consider this a high-risk purchase, the low price makes it worth while. It’s good to step out of your comfort zone and try something new every once in a while. For me that is one of the great advantages of buying something from a thrift store.

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Death valley is known as one of the hottest places on earth. Death Valley’s Badwater Basin is the point of the lowest elevation in North America at 282 feet (86 m) below sea level. It runs from north to south between the Amargosa Range on the east and the Panamint Range on the west; the Sylvania Mountains and the Owlshead Mountains form its northern and southern boundaries, respectively. Since the valley lies so low the heat is contained and temperatures can reach 134 °F (57 °C).

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Here is the temperature at the visitor centre, but at other parts we recorded a temperature of 122 F.

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Unbelievably there is still a small pool of water to be found in the valley.

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But most of it is super hot and dry.

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Some parts look like a true desert with lots of sand and the occasional cactus tree.

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Other parts are rougher.

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Driving through the valley is spectacularly beautiful.

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Countless times you just have to stop and take pictures.

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Death Valley is one of the many natural wonders we saw on this trip and experiencing (and posing in) the immense heat was a great experience in itself.

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What would you wear in this kind of heat?


Sylvia is 40+style’s editor-in-chief and has been helping women find their unique style since 2011. An alumni of the School of Color and Design, she is devoted to empowering women of any age to look and feel their best. Read more about Sylvia and 40+style on this page.

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