Mammoth Lake, via Death Valley

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October 15th 2014
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Windy badlands view in Death Valley
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Spent more time exploring the Vegas Strip this morning then departed around lunch time. I am a little sorry we did not allow more time in Vegas. Although we explored several casinos and shopping malls, we barely scratched the surface of even the landmark venues. There's a Wyndham Resort near the Strip (where we have a timeshare equivalent) and we'll return for a week or two in the future.

Then on the road. Desolate drive through Death Valley where the lowest point along the highway is 190 ft below sea level. 101deg at the Visitor Centre but dry, with a light, hot breeze. Arrived after dark in Mammoth Lakes, one of the biggest ski fields in USA. We're overnighting here in a two bedroom, two bath Westin suite. We were told bears are often seen outside the apartments, but we didn't see any. We were surprised to see a small flock of bighorn sheep beside the road.

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Another Zabriskie view

The lowest point is Badwater Basin, 282 ft below sea level. Yet not 85 miles to the west is Mt Whitney, the highest mountain in continental U.S. at 14,494 ft. Not far past Death Valley we drove through a pass over 7,000 ft elevation.
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Death Valley visitor centre

One of the exhibits.
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Mysterious wandering rocks.

20th October 2014

Sel, Rob, Would be good to share some Vegas with you at some stage. Great place to spend time. Lowie
20th October 2014

Next time through, it is really worth spending time in Death Valley - though probably not in summer! Cheers, Lowie

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