A while ago, I wrote about how Junior Bear has been from Coast to Coast to Coast.
He’s also been at the highest and lowest places in North America. (At least, the places you can get to by car).
Twice, actually. Here are photos from both trips.
The high point is Mount Evans, Colorado, at 14240 feet.
Normally, getting to 14,000 feet without an airplane involves investing a big chunk of time and physical exertion to hike there. While also making sure you have enough food, water, proper clothing and survival gear.
But on Mount Evans, you can leisurely drive to the top in your Honda Civic. Wearing shorts and flip-flops. For crying out loud.
Why on God’s Earth would they build a road there?
Probably because they could.
Only in America.
(But of course, I still had to drive it!)
The Low Point is Death Valley. At 240 feet below sea level.
Like Mt. Evans, there’s nary a tree to be seen. But for different reasons.
The temperature might have something to do with it…
You know when you’re cooking something in your kitchen, and you open the oven door, and there’s a sudden blast of hot dry air in your face?
Death Valley’s like that.
Except it’s not a one-time blast of hot air. It’s continuous.
Lucky, my Honda Civic sat this one out, this time.
My friend was nice enough to lend me his air-conditioned truck.
Otherwise, the Bear would have melted.