Leaving Las Vegas

Tuesday (Oct. 13), we left Vegas towards San Diego. We spent the day in Death Valley, where the temperature at the Furnace Creek visitor center was 111 F at 4 PM. It was a short visit because many area were closed for various reasons but I’ve been to Death Valley many times so I only missed revisiting some favorite areas, such as Dante’s View.

This is a popular stop on the way to Death Valley:

This is the sand dunes area at Death Valley

This is a view from a vista. Those “gullies” are formed by water erosion.


Wednesday, we spent the day at Joshua Tree National Park, which was my first visit. This park has much more than the unusual Joshua Tree. There are strange rock formations and a cactus I’ve never seen before.

View from Key’s Point looking to Salton Lake and Palm Springs:


I call this “Marble Rock”:


This is “Arch Rock”:


Strange type of cactus:




We arrived in San Diego on Thursday and I thoroughly enjoyed a reunion with my Manila high school classmates to celebrate our 45th anniversary reunion. There a few friends I’d not seen in 45 years.

Sunday, we headed back to Vegas. The travel gods were with us because mudslides shut down I-15 southbound but not northbound travel was unaffected.

After a few days recovering back in Vegas, I’m flying to San Francisco on Wednesday to spend a week with high school friends who couldn’t make either the Vegas or San Diego reunion.


One response to “Leaving Las Vegas

  1. You were lucky to have your travels unimpeded by weather (except the heat) and were able to enjoy your reunion!! Great pictures!

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