Yosemite to Death Valley

On Thursday the rain finally stopped and the sun came out and the weather was BEAUTIFUL!!  We finally headed into Yosemite.  We spent Thursday touring the park, enjoying all the amazing vistas.  image044

We made reservations to stay in Yosemite Valley Thursday night.  The park rangers told us that their bears were still very active and anything that resembled food (including any soap or lotion) needed to be locked in the bear locker.  Luckily, since we have a hardside RV, we didn’t have to clear out our cabinets.

We woke up Friday to another beautiful day.  We toured the valley and headed up to Tuolumne Meadow high above the valley.  At 9538 feet elevation, there was lots of snow.  We found a beautiful lake to stop and enjoy.image099

Next, we left the park and headed down to our next destination, Death Valley.  It was a treacherous drive, up hill threatening to over heat the radiator, and down hill threatening to overheat our breaks.  But we made it to the valley and the temperature was 100 degrees!!  From snow to 100 degrees in 4 hours.  We stopped at StovePipe Wells camp ground and decided to stay because they had a pool.  We swam and enjoyed the HOT weather.

The next day we pulled out of the campground loaded with lots of drinking water because it would be another 100 degree day.  We toured Death Valley and found ourselves at 282 feet below sea level.image093 Big difference in just 24 hours!  We found Death Valley to be a very strange place, but very peaceful and sureal.

After heading up out of the valley, we made it to Pahrump, NV.  The weather is still hot, but we found a nice RV park with a pool and a winery.  Their wine is actually good!  Strange thing about this city is that prostitution is legal and they offer tours of the brothels!  I think we’ll skip that particular tour!

Tomorrow we head to Lake Mead and check out Hoover Damn.  Sean wants to go on the damn tour.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Christine on October 18, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Wow, so amazing, guess you packed your clothes for all temps! Glad all the bad weather is behind you. I’ve heard Hoover Dam is a great take.
    Love Mom


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