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Friday, February 2, 2018

Road trip in the west coast - Day 7 & 8 Death Valley National Park, Nevada/ California

on our way back from Las Vegas to San Francisco Bay Area we drove through Death Valley NP, and it's a freaking big area. drive from one point to another can take awhile. so it was impossible to see everything in a day

From Las Vegas we drove about 2 to reach the Death Valley Junction and we passed by the Amargosa Opera look very deserted, i remember watching Ghost Adventure had a lock down here!!! spooky. There is no Entrance booth to collect entrance fee. How ever one can pay entrance fee @ the Visitor Center(Furnace Creek) good thing we have our Annual Pass but then we still have to visit the Visitor Center to get a map and some tip from ranger where we can visit for 5 hours

90% of Death Valley NP is designated wilderness, preserving opportunities to experience solitude, natural quiet, dark night skies, and wild nature. There are hundreds of miles of unpaved road but MUST always stay on the road. We drove a sedan the unpaved road was really rough with small stones and uneven. We had to turn back at Natural Bridge as it was unpaved road...luckily we didn't puncture our tire. That was definitely a bumpy ride!

our 1st stop on the way to Furnace Creek Visitor Center is Zabriskie Point,
There use to be mining activities near this area

this place is very quite warm even in sure to bring sunscreen and umbrella

there are trails here too. No hiking for us though, just passing by

taking in this unusual view,
it sure is different from Zion NP and Bryce Canyon NP
I'm happy we decided to drive through Death Valley NP on our way back

got myself a nice tan too

heading to Furnace Creek visitor center
got our map and the park ranger suggested that we go south east along 190, where there are a few point of interest which enough to take up all our time. he did suggest that we also visit Dante's View but it's too far away about 50miles round trip from the visitor center(if one is coming in from Death Valley Junction make sure to visit Dante's View first before head to Zabriskie Point and Furnace Creek Visitor Center

Map of Death Valley NP ------  MAP

Pink line - Park ranger suggestion
Green line - visit Dante's View and Zabriskie point if one is coming in/out through Death Valley Junction

as the place is just to big planning ahead can save alot of time

lunch we only had some fruits and biscuits we brought along.
There are sandwiches at the visitor center but they don't look too appetizing. Best to bring own food before coming here there aren't any restaurants in the NP


Water is rare and precious in Death Valley. Imagine the disappointment when a surveyor mapping this area could not get his mule to drink from this pool. He wrote on his map that the spring had "bad water", and the name stuck

Badwater Pool is not poisonous just salty. as the presence of pickleweed, aquatic insects and larvae proves. It is also home to one of Death Valley's rarest animals, the Badwater snails. They only exist only in a few springs at the edge of Death Valley salt flats

we are now 282ft below sea level. The lowest elevation in North America

Artist Drive thank god they have paved road

of course there is Natural Bridge and Devil's Golf Course but those are unpaved road, our tiny car can't take the bumpy road better safe than sorry as we still have a long way from home. Not exactly a good idea to have our break down here in this wilderness! 

dried lava?

this Artist Drive is quite a drive

Artist Palette

more than 5 million years ago, repeated volcanic eruptions blanketed the landscaped , depositing ash and minerals. The volcanic minerals were chemical altered by water and heat, with variable amounts of oxygen and other introduced elements. Chemical analyses have identified a point pot of elements: iron, aluminium, magnesium and titanium but no copper. Some of the colored minerals here includes red hematite and green chloride 

next driving 45 miles from Artist Palette to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

if only we had more time i would walked further out

maybe bring cardboard, to slide down the sand dune 

Death Valley NP is also famous for it's moving rock/ Sailing stone, unfortunately they are too far away (about 85miles/ 3 hours one way from Furnace Creek). Located at the Racetrack need to drive a 4 wheel drive, or rent a jeep or to take a tour. One whole day is needed just to visit the moving rock. Maybe next time??

overall Death Valley is a vast, going from one point to another takes a long drive, it's quite impossible to see everything in one visit unless we are spending a whole week here. But for now it enough for us. 

as the sun is setting, time to hit the road to our hotel in Mojave
from Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes it take another hour just to reach Panamint Springs and there is a section where the road is quite steep and winding it's best to leave Death Valley NP  (if you are not staying there) before it gets dark. It take a total or 3-4 hours to reached Mojave
By the time we reach our inn we were so hungry and McDonald  to the rescue....McDonald has never tasted so good. For some reason many restaurants were closed on Sunday

Checked in to a very shabby Red roof inn and continue another 5 hours drive back to San Francisco Bay Area the next morning

And that's the end of our 8 days amazing adventurous road trip, visiting 3 totally different and unique on it's own National Parks and Las Vegas of course. I'm not sure if i'll ever want drive so far again....maybe next time it's a good idea to fly to Las Vegas and rent a car there
oh well we won't be doing any long roadtrip anytime soon.... who knows we might forgot and go crazy again ;)

~ till our next adventure ~

Friday, January 26, 2018

Road trip in the west coast - Day 5 & 6 Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah - Part 2

Day 5
our 2nd and last day in Bryce Canyon National Park! Start our morning with a quick breakfast at Ruby's Inn General Store's bun with hot sausage. Our itinerary for the day is hike Fairyland loop trail and drive down south to all the interest points in Bryce Canyon.

very cold morning but it temperature changes really fast here from 0 degree Celsius in the morning it can rise to 18 degree Celsius in noon.

After a long debate we decided not to do the whole 8miles Fairyland Loop trail but just 3mile(round trip) of the trail to see the Tower Bridge

there aren't much shade in this trail, well most of the trails doesn't have much shade

the contrast between the hoodoos and the clear blue sky was amazingly beautiful 

i feel so small

i do enjoy this;s easy but it got really warm half way
even winter time bring lots of water and keep hydrate

note to self: time to get a hat

360 degree of breathtaking view

we took our sweet time and finally about an hour or more we reached Tower Bridge

it looks more like Malaysia's Petronas Twin Tower though(in my opinion)
after we finish our 3 miles hike our breakfast was long digested. We tried the lodge restaurant for lunch but it was closed for the winter so we went to the General Store near the Fairyland trail head.
Had Pizza and a hot soup....not good at all the food but it was the only option...but they do have cup noodles (i only saw them after i finished my lunch) arrrr!

after lunch we drove south towards Rainbow Point(the end point of Bryce Canyon) and we stopped by Natural Bridge and few other point of interest

selfie time

Natural Bridge is misnamed , this "bridge" is technically an arch. Natural bridges are carved by rushing streams, whereas subtler forms of weather have sculpted this opening

Rainbow Point. Elevation 9115ft

there are also a few trails and we did the shortest trail which is the Bristlecone Loop trail

Yovimpa Point

it's really worth the time to do this short trail

enjoying the warmth of the sun

i'm not sure this is....could be Black Birch Canyon. Elevation 8750ft

Ponderosa Canyon. Elevation 8904ft

Inspiration Point. Elevation 8100ft

to Bryce Point

amazing view

Bryce Point....our spot for sunset

it pays to be early 

we got an unobstructed view of the canyon 

Bryce Canyon NP, i definitely recommend this place, It's different and of course beautiful canyons and awesome trails. Though it was a brilliant idea to come here during Thanksgiving week, my only complain is there is no good food....hehe

We were told that Bryce Canyon is one of Earth's darkest places because of it's high elevation, clean dry air and lack of light pollution, makes it the best place to stargazing. On Moonless night the Milky Way looks like a huge silvery rainbow from horizon to horizon. Too bad we were too tired and busy searching for food we didn't went stargazing....maybe next time when we can camp and stargazing :)

the next day (Day 6)we drove back to Las Vegas and had buffet for the first time in Vegas!
we were too hungry to even take any photo XD

Day 7 - Death Valley

~ to be continue ~
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