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:

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This is the sand dunes area at Death Valley

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

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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:

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I call this “Marble Rock”:

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This is “Arch Rock”:

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Strange type of cactus:

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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.

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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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