Pristine skies in Eureka Dunes, Death Valley

Aug 5th 2016 - Drove for 24 hours and 1,200 miles in 2 days, last 4 hours of which on steep backcountry dirt roads up the mountains, sweltered in 120F(49 C) desert heat, set up tent in gusting winds with sand from the dunes blowing all over the body, no humans in the near 50 miles, hardly any sleep and energy left, running a fever and the fear of scorpions, venomous spiders and snakes at night...All for one reason - Pristine night skies with absolutely no light pollution at the remote Eureka Dunes in Death Valley. The Milky Way dazzled so bright that it cast shadows. We felt like the only beings on an alien planet; such an ethereal experience, hard to come by these days.