18.07.2012 - 19.07.2012 43 °C
The following should be spoken with an American Twang
"Howdy folks from Lone Pine California, at the foothills of Mt Whitney, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains - Hopalong Cassidy Territory"
Yes everyone, since our first blog we have changed states and have been through some of the most amazing country we have seen in our lives.
Wed 18th July day 5
Since leaving Sydney our feet have not hit the ground, so after our trip to the Grand Canyon on Tues we walked along the strip and decided to have an early night - not having any plans for the next day a sleep in might be in order - yes a record was set and we woke up at 11am!!!!!!!!!!! - an incredible 12 hours sleep by both of us - it was like we were 2 bears who had been put into hibernation, we did not move.
Over the road we ventured for brekky at 12-30pm for eggs benedict - wonderful, then lounging by the pool before heading to the legends in concert at Harrahs. When I say the pool, I mean pools - i counted at least 6 spread over an area of 2 rugby league fields - including bikini clad beer wenches!!!!!!!!!!
After the show we strolled along the strip again checking out more Casinos and Resorts. The crowds were incredible, wall to wall people everywhere but no one was hassled, no one was pissed, and there was no bad behaviour at all - and no police in sight, not sure how they do it after hassles in the Cross etc, could be min drinking age 21 ??? who knows...........
Legends show featured Donna Summer, Tom Jones, Blues Bros, Elvis and Lady Gaga - great ....it is always said that everyone has a double somewhere in the world and this show proves it --- amazing.
Thurs 19th July day 6
Alas - time to leave Vegas and to pick up our hire car , taxi to the rental depot with red neck cabbie who had a solution to American GFC and all the corrupt politicians etc etc..
After the paper work we seemed to strike our first problem - our GPS would not work - bloody hell - how do we get out Vegas now!!!(Greg and Michelle!!!!!!) who kindly let it to us.
It worked perfectly in Sydney so what happened - plugged into cigarette lighter but still no good - asked them to plug it into another car and presto - all good, our cars cig lighter was RS - so quick change of vehicles and we are on our way.
No Trevor this time to help as co pilot for driving on wrong side of road so shiela (Leonie) did a wonderful job, we only made 1 wrong turn and we were into the Nevada Desert - and when I say desert I mean desert.......... there is no vegetation at all except for a few scraggy bushes here and there. After a couple of hours or so on the road we entered the Death Valley National Park -- I know why it is called Death Valley - as nothing could possibly live here - no scraggy bushes nothing except mountains and valleys of rock and dirt and sand hills.... this is the lowest point in Nth America reaching 282ft below sea level, and place of highest temp in Western Hemisphere of 56.7 Degrees. (But only 43 today)
After 2 hours driving through this most amazing landscape (camera in meltdown ) we came into greener land on approach to Lone Pine (our o/n stop).
Went into pharmacy shop who sold everything from groceries, stationery, beer etc then got chatting to the pharmicist who turned into travel guide advising us to drive up the Alabama Hills and upto the top of Mt Whitney - the highest peak in mainland USA (14,495ft) above sea level -and into the southern part of Sequoia State Forest, the views were incredible again. So in 1 day we have been to lowest and highest points in USA Mainland!!!!!!!!!!
Tomorrow we head further north to Mammoth Lakes and Yosemite National Park............
To be continued
Pete and Leonie