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:
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.