While in Death Valley NP I was impressed by the passion and perseverance of past generations in pursuing their dreams. Pete Aquerreberry spent 45 years here mining gold. On the March afternoon we were there the temperature was approaching 90 degrees, I can only imagine what an August afternoon would be like. His lifetime achievement was a little over 500 pounds of gold. This site has been abandoned since his death in 1945. His scars on the earth are still easily seen.