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Byline: Jeremy Glover
Jun. 3--Death Valley gets a bad rap.
Sure, it's the hottest, driest, lowest place on the continent. Summer temperatures commonly crest 120 degrees. It gets less than 2 inches of rain a year, sometimes none. Remote landmarks are named after people who died there.
But when my wife and I camped in California's Death Valley National Park for four days early last month, we found a wealth of natural beauty and, surprisingly, daytime temperatures in the high 80s. We took advantage of the unusually balmy weather and discovered a park teeming with remote canyons carved through complex geologic formations, off-road trails across colorful landscapes, wind-blown sand dunes and even a volcano.
WHY DEATH VALLEY?
My plan was to spend my 30th birthday on some type of adventurous …