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May 22nd 2010
Published: November 10th 2017
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So, we left on Wednesday and drove to Bishop, Ca. and spent the night. We drove out to Death Valley National Park on Thursday. What a strange place. Not what we expected at all. We thought there would be lots of sand dunes and not so many mountains. We drove to our cabin at Furnace Creek Ranch and checked in. We know why they call it that. It was 102 degrees! We went for a drive and stopped at Badwater Basin, which is 282 Ft. below sea level. We then proceeded to Artists Drive and Artist's Pallette, which is a whole canyon in many colors. We then went to the Golden Canyon trail and hiked for a little bit. It was too hot for hiking, so we went back to our cabin and went to the pool. That was a great idea. Huge pool, about 84 degrees, felt great. We got up early on Friday and drove up to Scotty'sCastle. It was a very interesting tour. The castle was built by a Chicago insurance magnate in the 1920's. It cost him $ 2,000,000 and 10 years to build. It is out in the middle of no where. All materials were brought in by wagons, as there was only a gravel road.
On Saturday morning, we checked out and stopped at Zabrinski's Point, a lookout over the valley. Then on to Dante's View. We climbed to 5,000 feet and had an over view of the entire Death Valley. It was really nice. We then drove on to Las Vegas where we are spending 2 nights. So, we go from driving on roads where we only saw another car about every 15 minutes to stop and go traffic down Las Vegas Blvd.



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