Trip Start Jul 29, 2009
20Trip End Aug 19, 2009
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Left Las Vegas to carry on with it's madness and after quick breakfast stop and petrol & money (they say be prepared in the desert!!) we were on our way. Incredibly hot even at 9am in the morning.
Our drive took us through places called Pahrump and Shoshone where some of the populations are just 50 people. Crazy to live in a place like that but people do. After about 150 miles we got into Death Valley National Park. The scenery is stunning and the pictures will hopefully do it justice; we have also taken some video. We did a couple of stops at some points of interest along the way and just getting out of the car was so hot it was incredible. Big point on the trip through was getting to below sea level
Next stop is the visitors centre and Emma got her Death Vally Junior Ranger badge there which was good. She had to do some quizzes and talk to the park rangers. We also paid the $20 fee to travel through the park,. We carried on from there did a stop at a Borax mine (old one) which is what they used to mine in the late 19th century. Worth looking up the story of why it's called death valley on http://www.nps.gov/deva/
We then carried on driving; me in the drivers seat for a change and did our ascent into the mountains which was scary especially with me driving. We went up over 3500 feet and then had to change over again to let Paul take over the reigns. The views were stunning. The more north we went the greener it got and the backdrop was of the Sierra Nevada
We arrived in Mammouth Lakes resort - mainly a winter resort where people come to ski but it is beautiful all the same. Had a good dinner at a restaurant called Angels - very authentic Ski type hostelry. Temperature change is about -60 degrees compared to Death Valley.
Looking forward to the Yosemite National Park tomorrow and the views and scenery it has to offer (and a much shorter drive)