Trip Start Jul 09, 2008
29Trip End Jun 10, 2009
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Rather than just tootle back to LA the same way we came we decided to follow a loop route which takes in The Death Valley National Park, and catches the lower tip of the Sequoia National Park before finding the north western corner of LA.
We set out, initially to buy a few provisions as Death Valley can be quite harsh, or so we'd heard ;). I managed to find the worlds largest sarnie (and only $6, about £3), i could only manage half at a time - I'm not at Tearne standards just yet, however it was missing melted cheese!!.
By around 1pm we reached the outer limits of the park. Neither of us had done any reading about this place all we knew was that it was supposed to be hot
We started by driving up to a place called Dantes Point. Its a narrow paved road which snakes up the eastern side of Death Valley. When you reach the top and exit the car you're greeted by a breathtaking vista of the valley floor which consists of an enormous mineral deposit dried lake bed. As the valley floor is around 300 feet below sea level (the lowest point in the States) these deposits can never escape with flowing water, so as the water evaporates in the intense heat all that remains is the deposit. This was just the start though. Beyond the valley is a smaller multi-coloured mountain range called (something like) the mosaic cliffs, although all the terrain is multi coloured, from reds, to yellows, to greens, to blues. We tracked deeper into the valley heading towards Zabrinski Point, centrally located and known as the Badlands. From the viewpoint it appears that yellow clay like mounds have risen from the valley floor, there is no vegetation just the mounds. Tracking further on in we hit the valley floor at a settlement called Furnace Creek
- not sure how they came up with that one!?. We started gauging the temperature at this point, as it actually hit 117 Degrees F (around 48 Degrees C). Next and most surprisingly was 15 square miles of the finest quartz sand-dunes
Blimey we've done 450 - 500 miles today!