The Wild West - Death Valley
Trip Start Jan 26, 2008
56Trip End Sep 28, 2008
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Where I stayed
Stovepipe Wells Guest House
Travelodge - Mamoth Lakes
As I write to you I'm sitting with about 10 feet of snow outside....a far cry from the hot and humid tempertures of down under!
David and I have just spent 2 of the most beautiful days of driving I have ever experienced. I have decided that the best thing about the US of A is the scenery.
After speding time in the bright lights of Vegas (Las Vegas that is, not Bris Vegas) we headed out into the wild west and more specifically, the ominously sounding Death Valley. You will be happy to know that we survived and I'm able to write this blog for you.
Death Valley is located just inside the California border after Nevada and has the second highest temperature ever recorded on earth under it's belt coming second only to a place in the Sahara desert
In death valley we stayed at a place called Stove Pipe Wells, a bustling metropolis with a population of 4 people. We got there just before sunset and headed back out to watch the sun set over the desert sands and the snow sitting by the side of the road having a glass of Californian red and eating snacks. It was really tough for us as you can imagine :-)
Today we took a day trip from there and went to see a natural arch made out of the sand and stone which was carved out by millions of years of wind and water erosion. After that we drove to the artist's pallet where the stones were every imaginable colour under the sun - everything from lime green to purple. Again we can't even describe how beautiful it was. We pulled over a few times just to let our eyes digest it.
After lingering here we headed north west through the Sierra Nevada to Mammoth Lakes which is where we are staying tonight
We are going skiiing tomorrow and I'm quite excited by this as I haven't skiied before. I actually hadn't seen real snow before today so it is a week of firsts all round. Dave is having a go at snowboarding so no doubt he'll be wizzing past me in no time at all. We are going to stay here tomorrow night as well to get in a full day of skiing and other shannanigans.
We'll head off the day after for Lake Tahoe and our next route will depend on the weather. The road we were planning take is snowed in at the moment but we can go around it by going east I think.
Anyway I'm freezing so I'm going to sign off. It's below freezing at the moment and a warm blanket and heater is calling me.
Love to you all,
Amy and David