Friday, April 13, 2012

Death Valley National Park - California & Nevada

phot of toilet at Death Valley National Park

Today, The Toilets of the World Blog brings you a toilet from Death Valley National Park

A pit toilet at the lowest point in Northern America sort of makes sense in a "how low can you go" kind of way. Unfortunately Death Valley is also one of the hottest places in the world, having recorded the second highest temperature in the world at 134 °F (57 °C). This does not help improve the smell emanating from below. But with water not exactly being abundant here, a dry toilet system is probably a very good decision. 

When the team visited the park, we only had a couple of hours to spend there. We arrived already dehydrated after a long night of playing Keno in Vegas. Keno in Vegas does that to you. We did have a great time. We stumbled around the park as temperatures soared to 122 °F (50 °C). We visited Badwater Basin, 282 ft below sea level. We attempted a short hike which we didn't finish. We sweated buckets. We took a picture of this toilet. We ran out of sweat. We left.

The park really is beautiful and you should go there. Specially if you have a hangover after losing all your money in Vegas. Go down to the Badwater Basin. Focus what thoughts you can muster on the salty crust surrounding the small spring of undrinkable water you will see there. Underneath this crust lives the Badwater Snail. Often stepped on and crushed to death by visitors. You have found a more miserable creature than yourself. 

 -- The Toilets of the World Team

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