April 09, 2004

Las Vegas

After the desolate wilderness of Death Valley, two nights in Las Vegas was something. Christopher wanted to go to Las Vegas to see the sites. I mean after seeing the real Venice, New York, and Paris, it's only natural to want to see the copies in the middle of the desert, right?

On our way in to town we stopped at Hover Dam. Even today, 70 years after its construction, it is an awe inspiring sight. There were thunderstorms passing through so we got to see lightning, rain, and even a rainbow while we were there. It is worth the trip to see.

We parked the motorhome in the RV park at Circus Circus and began exploring. In the two days we were there we saw almost the entire strip as well as the light show downtown on Fremont Street. Christopher, not surprisingly, loved the view from the top of the Stratosphere.

Las Vegas needs to be seen, but we are in no hurry to get back.

Patrick and Christopher atop the Stratosphere Tower Posted by Hello

April 04, 2004

Death Valley

Patrick and Chrisopher enjoy the view from the RV Posted by Hello

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Julie said that I've been talking about going to see Death Valley ever since we met over 20 years ago. We finally decided to do it this year by RV.

We drove from Foster City to Las Vegas where we picked up our 30 foot motorhome (more of a bus actually). The drive to Death Valley was an easy one. After about three hours we pulled in to Furnace Creek Campground. There are no hook-ups there.

The next morning we started seeing the sights; Golden Canyon, Devils Golf course, Bad Water (the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere). Standing 282 feet below sea level you could look up at snow covered Telescope Peak, over 11,000 feet high.

How low can we stoop???? Posted by Hello

After a couple of nights in Furnace Creek, we went to Stovepipe Wells where they had 14 sites WITH hookups (ahhh, air conditioning). From there we visited the nearby sand dunes, Salt Creek (saw lots of pupfish), Scottys Castle, and Ubehebe Crater.

Julie and Christopher at Scottys Castle Posted by Hello

The Boys at Zabriskie Point.
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We loved Death Valley and hope to go back next year. The RV was great, but somewhat limiting as some of the sights are 20 miles down dirt roads. Next time we will stay at Furnace Creek Ranch and bring our SUV.