Thursday, September 10, 2015

Day 26 (10 September 2015)

This view was taken outside our accommodation in Furnace Creek, Death Valley. Around this oasis is harsh desert but the resort has managed to make this a perfect green location. The only issue is the 50 deg C heat in the middle of the day.

Near Panamint Springs, Death Valley - a coyote looking for food from road travellers.

Mud cracks near Panamint Springs, Death Valley, California.

One of the few old buildings remaining in Ballarat south of Death Valley, California. Yes it was named after our Victoria counterpart.

The Pinnacles near Trona California. This is where many films were shot for Star Trek, Lost In Space and Battlestar Galatica.

The Pinnacles near Trona California

6th Avenue San Diego - taken from our Holiday inn accommodation, California.

Taken along 6th Avenue, San Diego, California - an old Commonwealth Bank money box shaped building.

Death Valley is an inhospitable place. Hot, dry and surreal. Nevertheless many people visit this place for its beauty and experience the average 45 to 50 deg C heat that occurs on a daily basis. We are glad we experienced this but glad to go to San Diego 350 miles away. San Diego is hot but instead of 0% humidity is 100%. Our journey south passed through Ballarat and old silver mining town, now a ghost town. It was named after our good old Eureka town. Onwards we passed through Trona a borax mining town noted for the strange Pinnacles that are frequently used in science-fi movies. We travelled through the outskirts of LA and witnessed a lane on the I-250 expressway ending in a cul-de-sac. It was about 10 miles long and drivers that managed to go down this lane came to a sudden stop. No way they could exit out and basically needed to go back where they entered the lane. Even a state trooper vehicle was locked in. We believe that some road worker's head will roll once this mess is sorted out. Almost exiting out of Death Valley we came upon two coyotes scrounging for food along the road and not far distant we nearly ran over a rattlesnake. We are in San Diego for three days and tomorrow we have a tour into Tijuana, Mexico. Until then cheers.

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