Well, at least I know if I'm feeling too egotistical and high and mighty I can come here to be beaten back down to my proper size
My favorite was Badgers: this falls into the "stupid question category". Fair enuf.
And I am sorry Token, I did not mean to lump you. that was very kind of you to provide that link.
I searched on here using the search function, and did google it, and did look at Weather Underground, which has these sorts of things, but it didn't go out far enough. Thanks for the advice on googling "eplaya + sunset". Hadn't thought of that.
In terms of preparation, my only fear is that I'll be OVER prepared/over pack. I tend to take planning/research to the extreme. Hence the question about sunset time. I sleep, hike, camp, shoot, golf, and play badminton in the desert frequently, so I'm not particularly worried about being under prepared. I know it's going to eat my body alive. From dry eyes, dry nose that feels like there's concrete in it, cracked lips, dust in areas of my bodies that I didn't think dust could possibly access, severe dehydration, etc.
Anyhow, thanks for the responses. I'll try to keep future dumb questions to myself.