Badwater Basin

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I did not have sunglasses on in 2010. Colossal mistake. It is the one and only time in my life I developed snowblindness. 15 minutes was all it took, and it did not set in immediately, but as I was pulling in to Las Vegas around sunset, I had great difficulty keeping my eyes open and tears kept streaming down my cheeks. I pulled over for a while and when the symptoms did not subside I realized it was not safe to drive and I would be staying put for the night. Luckily the next morning it seemed to have passed.