Death Valley

Trip Start May 13, 2007
Trip End Jun 03, 2007

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Flag of United States  , Nevada
Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Today we left Las Vegas and headed through Death Valley. It was very hot and dry. I was expecting a desert with little life. Actually, there were some natural springs, vegetation, and wildlife. I think Uncle Bill accidentally ran over two lizards and a bird or something I think flew into us as we drove down the road. I still have not checked the grill. We did not actually go to the lowest point, but the first visitor's center was 190 feet below sea level. It was interesting going from over 3,000 feet to 190 feet below sea level to back over 3000 feet. After driving through the valley, we went to Scotty's Castle. Scotty lied about a mine he had in Death Valley that got him into a partnership with another man named Johnson? The two built a small mansion in a canyon that empties into the valley. A natural spring provided cooling and hydroelectricity when work began back in the 1920s. Construction stopped either because of the Great Depression or because they ran out of money. After a foundation owned it, the National Park Service bought the house and property. The Park Service continues tours of the facility and maintains it in its unfinished status. Some of the construction material can still be found around the sight. After this stop, we headed out. Now we're staying in Tonopah, NV. Their claim to fame is being the last site of a Silver strike. They also claim they are the birthplace of the stealth bomber and best place to view the night sky. I think their stretching it. There are other much smaller communities close to where Area 51 is supposedly located. On our trip to Death Valley, we missed the opportunity to see the fences of the military installation. Oh well. Tomorrow, we are heading to Reno, NV. Then we will head to San Francisco! I cannot believe that we have traveled all the way across the country and that I've been in California. I'm looking forward to visiting San Francisco.

PS - When I get a good internet connection, I have lots of pictures and movies to post. Here I only have 1 Mbps, meaning it would take forever to upload pictures. Hopefully in Reno or San Francisco I'll be able to get some of the over 300 pictures I've taken in the last couple of days.....
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