Trip Start Jul 31, 2013
29Trip End Sep 06, 2013
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Where I stayed
We stopped for lunch at Lake Tenaya which reminded me of pictures I've seen of Canada. The water was freezing but it was nice to have a paddle
We continued on through Sierra Nevada winding in and out the mountains and arrived at Bishop about 5pm. A visit to the hot springs was planned, we all envisaged sitting around in hot tubs looking up at the mountains but it turned out to be a swimming pool that wasn't particularly warm and cost $10. A few of us passed on that.
Fred's birthday celebrations were a little bit on the loud side, one of our neighbours came across and asked us to keep the noise down at about 11pm, as we had got a bit raucous. We had a really good night and every one went to bed slightly plastered and hoping not to have a hangover in the morning as we had to be up at 6am.
11/8/13 Death Valley
Surprisingly there were no casualties from last nights celebrations that's a good result as we have a big driving day ahead of us.
We travelled through the Tioga Pass and at one point we were 10,000ft above sea level. We had several stops in Death Valley, Mesquite Sand Dunes, Mono Lake which is a salt lake and as it's receding it leaves behind tufa's, very strange looking. Badwater basin is in the badlands it is a salt plain and also happens to be 282 ft below sea level the lowest elevation point in Nth America. Oh and did I mention it was very very very hot 46c plus. Our Last stop before Vegas was Zabrisky Point, what a weird landscape. We got to our hotel in Vegas about 7pm, just time to have a shower, have something to eat and then board the party bus that is going to take us to the Strip.