Lone Pine, CA

Trip Start Jun 27, 2009
Trip End Aug 07, 2009

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Today...was, interesting to say the least. It had moments of highs and lows, up's and down's, and really bad pizza right at the end.

As you know, Jen has had an eye problem for about a week and a half now. It's been alternating between getting better, and getting worse. Yesterday, she had to have an injection into the eye because it had gotten so bad. So we were curious how it would be today, especially since we were leaving civilization behind for the great frontier of eastern California.

Our destination was a small town called Lone Pine, which sits about 25 minutes west of Death Valley. We figured this was a good intermediate stop between San Francisco and Las Vegas. The drive would take us through Yosemite National Park, which we were very excited to see.

Not perhaps 30 minutes into the drive away from San Fran, Jen's eye began acting up. It's very light sensitive, to the point where she has to cover it up. Add on top of that limited vision and pain and you have yourself a really bad situation. Once we got into the desert portion of California the sun was beating down on the car, and Jen's eye progressively got worse.

Now, imagine having to shield yourself so that you only have one good eye, and all the while you're in constant pain. AND you're in a moving car going up and down narrow, winding roads with huge elevation changes. That, my friends, is unavoidable motion sickness.

We had just gone up a road that took us from 5,000 feet to 6,000 feet above sea level in less than a mile (and was windy and narrow) when we figured it best to pull over since Jen was now really looking pale. I built her a little shelter within the car using a towel to cover the window. It worked a bit, and later on I bought her one of those goofy 'On Golden Pond' hats to further shield her eyes from the sun.

Needless to say, by the time we got to Yosemite Jen could see little to nothing and preferred to sleep through the car ride lest get further motion sick. The drive through the park was uneventful, and I managed to snap a few photos while driving through. The one cool part about the park was that we hit 10,000 feet above sea level. My car had virtually no power at this point, with the A/C blasting and the thin air being factors.

After leaving the park we headed south on Route 305 towards our destination. We made a couple of pitstops along the way. The scenery was breathtaking. Now we're in Lone Pine, killing time before our trek to Las Vegas tomorrow through Death Valley...which by the way is going to be 125 degrees according to the national weather service.

If we don't make it to Las Vegas, you'll know why. That's all for now!

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