Thru Death Valley to Yosemite National Park
Trip Start May 01, 2008
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The Only Campground we could find with spaces
We were heading across the desert of Nevada and the temperature was holding steady at around 115F, the shortest route to Yosemite National Park was directly across Death Valley, a road that went from 2000ft (700m)to 5000ft (1800m) then to below sea level and back up over another 5000ft (1800) pass. We have roadside assistance now, Brent finally agreed we might need it a few days before when we realized the tyres had worn down, and we knew we would not come back this way to see Death Valley again so we turned off the main road and headed in.............
The first pass was hardly any trouble for the Beast, the cooling systems were holding things in check (he has 3 cooling systems, engine, transmission and our AC) as we plunged into the valley...
The Sierra Nevada Mountains are like a different world, in the space of a few miles the landscape changes to Trees, greenery and huge granite mountains reaching 14,000ft (4700m). Brent started calling campgrounds as soon as we knew we had made it thru Death Valley and the phone picked up reception. He was really having a hard time as we neared Yosemite but eventually found us a nice spot in June Lake. The campground was having a free ice cream hour so that sealed the deal! While we were setting up camp we noticed that heat in death valley had cracked one of the wheel arches on the Eagle AND it had got so hot inside the fridge and freezer had defrosted even though they had been left on!!
Brent's parents where hoping to fly out in a couple of days to meet us so only had one clear day in Yosemite National Park. We were up bright and early for the drive and the sights http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yosemite_National_Park
We spent all day driving around and took a few short hikes, Yosemite is beautiful, words can not do it justice.... Brent has fallen in love with the place and decided he wants to be a park ranger now, not a helicopter pilot at the grand canyon! The giant sequoia trees are huge, there is one dead stump in the park that has been cut so vehicles could drive thru, this was done in the late 1800's so now you can only walk thru.
We were unable to stay longer as Brent's parents called early in the morning to say they had managed to get the flights and were on their way to Reno, about 150 miles north of us. We plan to visit again in the future but right now we are off to Lake Tahoe and Reno!!