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Furnace Creek! The Devil’s Playground! Badlands! Stovepipe Wells! The names of some of the most formidable places in this country beckon from the brochures and facebook Posts like happy theme park attractions. And while they are all most certainly to
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The Passenger: Fragile

Death ValleyFurnace Creek! The Devil’s Playground! Badlands! Stovepipe Wells! The names of some of the most formidable places in this country beckon from the brochures and facebook Posts like happy theme park attractions. And while they are all most certainly tourist attractions, usually visited from the relative safety of air conditioned or heated cars and motel rooms, they are also most certainly forces to be afraid of.

As The Husband and I drove through the Mojave Desert last week, up the 14 from L. A. to the 395 then up through Lone Pine to Mount Whitney, I heard the news that an actor from the Harry Potter movies was found dead in Death Valley. He’d been hiking. Got dehydrated. Died. The turn off to Death Valley is on the 395; in fact we’d just passed it. We’ve been there several times, not only marveling in the bleak and majestically foreboding vistas but shooting some stock footage as well. We’ve hiked up the dunes at dawn for some classic shots and made our way up to the devils post pile. We’ve crossed the valley in our air conditioned ride to tour Scotty’s Castle and have lunch at the Furnace Creek Inn… A “family friendly” resort with golf, tennis, swimming pools, TV and wifi. All this in the middle of one of Nature’s harshest places.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget and hard to respect the perilous-ness of the great outdoors. Posing for pictures along the Tioga Pass, playing alongside the edge of the Grand Canyon, climbing over the barriers of Yosemite’s Merced River or just going for a swim in Sequoia’s Kaweah River is common but leads to deaths every year. When it’s so easy to get an ice cream cone in the middle of Death Valley it’s hard to imagine what it must have been like for the first ever who viewed then dared to cross it.

Now I love my ice cream cones, wifi, air conditioning, phone and TV but I just hope I am always awed and humbled and prepared in nature’s gorgeous and unforgiving majesty. I hope I always remember how fragile we are. And I hope I get a few good pictures, too.

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