Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Travel: Driving Through Death Valley


"It's like walking on the surface of the sun", a little girl next to us said, as we pulled over to take a look at the sand dunes in Death Valley. What an accurate description and wonderful picture she painted.

Our drive through Death Valley was a very long one, and certainly a once in a lifetime experience.  We set off from Mammoth Lakes, a gorgeous little mountain town in California, which is 8000 metres above sea level. We drove all the way through to Nevada, where at one point we were 100 metres below sea level!

Death Valley is a desert, so the landscape is extremely dry and mainly consists of rocks. It was absolutely scorching! You can see the temperature just going up and up and up on the photos as we drove further and further- at one point it reached 111ºF! It felt like we were in a fan oven because it was windy too. The wind was so hot; it was very strange and uncomfortable, a bit like having a hairdryer blown in your face. Thank God for air con in the car!! The hot sun played tricks with our eyes, and now I understand where the concept of mirages comes from, as the heat made the road in front of us simply vanish. It looked like cars up ahead were floating! Very bizarre!

There's a short stretch in Death Valley which has been described as a 'mini sahara desert'. It is so random; just lots of yellow sand and sand dunes in the middle of all the barren, rocky landscape. It was amazing to see but we couldn't spend long outside as it was just too hot. Despite the soaring temperature, however, there was, surprisingly, a lot of green in Death Valley. There's lots of little bushes and shrubs all along the sides of the road. It's incredible how they survive with such little water.

Crossing the border into Nevada was cool. Liam, my fiancé, kept jumping over the state lines- one second in California, one second in Nevada! We stayed in a motel right on the border, which was the only building around for absolutely miles and miles!

It was a great drive to do. So interesting and removed from reality. It's amazing to think it's in the same states as LA and Las Vegas!

Rosy x

7 comments:

  1. Your blog is interesting due to share information about Death Valley. I never visited this valley but after reading your blog I have decided to go there after my bus tours las vegas with my friends. I am interesting to visit wonder places around the world. I appropriate your work. You have captured good images.

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  2. It was 150 degrees when I visited and I didn't even want to get out of the car. Your photos are lovely :) x

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    1. Oh My God- 150 degrees is insane!!! I can see why you didn't get out of the car! Wow :) xxx

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  3. I'm going to LA and Las Vegas in March so hoping the weather won't be as hot! Great photos hun!!
    Anna x
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    1. Aw I hope you have an amazing time! Vega was pretty hot- although not as hot as Death Valley! LA had the perfect weather though: sunshine, warm but a light ocean breeze so you never got too hot. I love it there, I'd love to live there one day! xxx

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  4. WOW it literally sounds so hot I don't know how I would cope without amazing air con!! It looks incredible though xxx

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    1. I know, air con really was a god send! There were signs along the road saying turn it off as well as it can increase the chances of the car over heating! We took our chances though and just kept an eye on the car temperature gauge! xxxx

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