Day 32: Just a wee bit warm...
Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
51Trip End Jul 29, 2010
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So enjoying the air conditioning as long as possible, we grabbed brunch at the hotel and caught the last of the World Cup game amongst the serious gamblers of South Point. After a petrol fill, last check on the water and oil, plus stocking up on water and Gatorade, we hit the road again and made our way even further into the desert towards Death Valley National Park! And don't let the name fool you with images of lush landscapes of rolling green hills...
We drove into the park and slowly watched the temperature gauge in the car reach 45C – and it definitely felt that with our first jump out of the car! Thinking about the car, and heeding warning we’ve heard before, we turned off the air conditioning, rolled down the windows, and bore the heat....basically feels like you’re sitting in an oven with a heat fan blowing straight at you
Only made a few more quick stops in Death Valley – one to check out the sand dunes, and to pick up some more petrol & kai, then made our way out of the park. We definitely had to turn the A/C off for the drive out, as the winding road rose us to over 8000ft! Can definitely see how some cars just don’t make it. Once out of the park we came out next to the Sierra Nevada mountains, which was a fantastic drive as the sun was setting behind the mountains. At dusk we were nearing our destination and climbing through the mountains again, and it was suddenly mad with moths barrelling at us as we drove! It was so loud, and in ridiculous size and numbers, we’ve never seen anything so absurd – and the evidence was all over the car once we stopped! Made it to Lee Vining, gateway to Yosemite and cute town, and checked into our neat room at the El Mono Motel.