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Cheating Death in the Valley

How to be Hot, Salty and perfectly Happy

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Who would have figured that communication will be more of a problem in the US of A than in Malawi, Africa.... sorry to everyone who's been wondering if we've lost interest or simply fell off the face of the planet (neither happened but we came close to the latter a few times).

The drive from Yosemite to Death Valley is stunning for more than one reason. First, it's a climb to over 9000 feet, across mountain passess and past glorious valleys, bubbling streams, startled Coyotes and majestic forests. Then it's all downhill, and I MEAN down - to the lowest point in the western hemisphere, 286 feet UNDER the Sea level.

The Highway 395 took is past hamlets with names like Lone Pine and Smoke Butt into a place so astonishing it's hard to describe. Imagine a wide valley, with a flat bottom consisting of salt pans and sandy plains, hemmed in by 8000+ feet high mountains seperated from each other by a labyrinthean arrangement of canyons, Dunes, dry river valleys and Gulches. Minerals lend all the colors of the Rainbow to Rocks in some places. Ghost towns and abandoned mines tell their stories of hope, courage and greed.

At night, when the stars come out to play, even the noisiest of idiots puts the beer down, shuts up and raises his low brow to the skies.

There's not enough water here for showers but what the heck.... our next stop is Sin City, and they'll have showers there. They have EVERYTHING there.


Posted by martgina 11:41 Archived in USA Tagged round_the_world

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