travel: California national parks

Continuing to chronicle small parts of our December journey, on our drive down to Barstow, California we took a short detour from I-15 through a small corner of the Mojave National Park. The light was fading and we were tired and hungry. I’m sure it is quite a beautiful park, but we did not have the time nor energy to really explore it. There ended up tons of traffic on I-15 due to construction. Oh the joy.

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Much later in our trip we went to went to Death Valley. [photopress:pg_deathvalley_salt2.jpg,thumb,alignright]I really don’t have much to say. I think we are jaded travelers. Which is really sad verging on the pathetic. I also believe that some of this apathy it is because we had recently been “to the area” over the summer and everything was starting to look the same to my tired eyes. It is pretty, but Death Valley was COLD and my body was not happy about that. I was happy that it was not the 120°F or so that it gets over the summer, but would 65° had been too much to ask? Anyway, PG was quite excited when we parked at Badwater because she thought there was snow and went quickly scampering (ok ok, penguins waddle) out… Oh the poor sad penguin. That is SALT! :) As you can tell from her expression she is NOT a happy penguin. It was quite cold even on the salt flats, but that did not placate her and she’s been grumbling ever since about it…

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Next week I hope to talk about the Nevada parks we visited.