On a dark desert highway

Trip Start May 25, 2012
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Trip End Jul 09, 2012


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Monday, June 4, 2012

Part way into Death Valley I started to feel like I was coming down with the flu, not a great feeling in 40+ degree heat. Thankfully there's a small village in the bottom of the valley with a general store. It's been a long time since we've seen a proper vegetable (after a week, tomato and lettuce stopped counting). In a bid to try and do the 'right' thing, I grabbed a V8 vegetable juice promoting 3 serves of veggies. Normally I don't mind a vegetable juice, when the vegetable is subtle, mixed with a nice fruit or two. This was just cold tomato soup in juice bottle. If we'd been able to heat it and serve with a roll, it mightn't have been too bad. Cold, however, it was foul - but pepped us up, so worth the pain.

Death Valley is located in California just over the Nevada border. It's the hottest place in America and hit 114 degrees fahrenheit (approx 46 degrees celsius) while we were there. Our first and favorite stop was Dante's view, atop one of the two fault lines which run on either side of the valley below. Again, we're in amongst another of nature's beautiful creations. This time the landscape stretched out in front of us looked like a watercolour painting. Very glad I added this to our itinerary.

The road through the valley is almost a rollercoaster, complete with undulating dips for most of it. Probably the funniest road ever, losing our tummies over and over!

We arrived in Mammoth Lakes right as a storm hit. It's been raining heavily for hours in this snow resort town. The ski lodge is beautiful and serves a wonderful three course meal, with, you guessed it, actual vegetables! The waiter was perfectly proper and we started on the wrong foot when we arrived beer in hand he says 'you've already started with your libations'. We're served warm bread which I am halfway through as the entree arrives. He stands staring at me, then after an uncomfortable silence, tells me to move my bread! Ha oops. That was the end, giggles set in as we were convinced we were getting kicked out before the main!

We're staying a stones throw away from the Mammoth Lakes ski fields, you could literally ski/board to our carpark if there was snow... We're just here during the wrong season, or are we? Looking at the mountain in the dark, it appears there's an amount of white stuff up there. We wait 'til morning to see that our suspicions are confirmed... The mountain is covered in snow! In one day we've gone from 46 degrees to snow weather!

Absolutely want to visit here again during winter!
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mike lankuts on

Don't worry about the dogs. we have Daisy here tonight and Mum and me will go to your place this weekend to see where Daisy is getting out. We will fix it. Lilly is fine with Kate for tonight. And write more on this blog - I love what you have written but you are such a great writer I want at least a short story - say 10000 words daily

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rollinholmies on

Haha, the under 10000 is probably what makes it easy to read! Hope silly daisy can remain in a yard, yours or ours. Sh*t head that she is.

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