Death Valley National Park: Stop Frying Eggs on the Sidewalk
With temperatures recently approaching 130º at Death Valley National Park, it seems that folks are all gaga about trying to fry an egg on the hot Death Valley sidewalks.
To further fuel the egg-frying frenzy, a park employee recently posted a video (right) demonstrating how to actually fry an egg in the park’s extreme heat.
As residents of Arizona, we’ve tried the “put an egg on the hot tarmac” idea, and even though we did it in extreme temperatures, it seems that you need sustained 157º+ temperatures to pull off this feat. And, as you can see in the video, that will only happen in a covered pan.
Nonetheless, curious travelers have tried the undertaking themselves, prompting this plea posted on the Death Valley National Parks Facebook Page:
“An employee’s posting of frying an egg in a pan in Death Valley was intended to demonstrate how hot it can get here, with the recommendation that if you do this, use a pan or tin foil and properly dispose of the contents. However, the Death Valley NP maintenance crew has been busy cleaning up eggs cracked directly on the sidewalk, including egg cartons and shells strewn across the parking lot.
This is your national park, please put trash in the garbage or recycle bins provided and don’t crack eggs on the sidewalks, or the Salt Playa at Badwater. (nm)”
It would seem that folks are leaving uncooked eggs and trash all over the park’s sidewalks after their failed attempts.
Isn’t it curious how we human beings are drawn to such self-discovery. It’s all well and good, but come on folks, clean up after yourselves.
If you enjoyed this article, sign up for our monthly newsletter to keep abreast of our best travel tips, on-location reviews, exclusive travel offers, group travel events, and much more.