The smart money is on Death Valley
28.04.2011 - 28.04.2011 35 °C
We had an early start after the obligatory big breakfast that one gets from almost all motels/motor inns. A typical breakfast (you help yourself to what you want) includes all or most of the following: scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, breakfast sausages, toast, danishes, cereal, fruit juices, tea & coffee, assorted spreads, waffles, bagels, biscuits and gravy (soft dough biscuits covered in thick "country" or "white" gravy), fruit, yoghurt - suffice to say that you can eat enough to power you through a fair chunk of the day!
Death Valley was very cool while being rather hot. We made a couple of must do detours including Badwater , the lowest point in North America -282 feet below sea level. It was named Badwater as there is a small spring there but the water is undrinkable due to the high concentration of salts.
The drive through Death Valley was one of ups and downs - the road undulates, a lot , plus there are mountain passes along the way - it was a surprisingly long, but fun, drive and definitely worth the extra effort and length that it added to the trip.
We are back in California and are staying the night in Bakersfield (which has no claim to fame that I know of - for us, it was a good point in our travels to catch some zzzz's). Yosemite NP is some 4 hours drive away and we will be staying there for two nights - as previously mentioned we won't have access to the internet - I can feel the DT's kicking in already.