Archive for April 10th, 2007


Escape From Death Valley

April 10, 2007

So, it’s late & I’m very tired, but if you’re mildly curious about how Death Valley went, here’s a five bullet point highlight. 

  1. Death Valley has a LOT of driving between interesting parts.  It’s the Los Angeles of National Parks. 
  2. We quite possibly saved the life of a Russian man & his wife & daughter who were hopelessly lost after dark (and out of cell phone range) in the hills surrounding the valley, driving them to safety & tremendous relief when we reached a highway.
  3. Even if it’s the world’s BEST beef jerky, there’s only so much of it a man can eat.  Next road trip is to the Red Robin for a basket of Clucks & Fries.
  4. If not the least interesting 3,000 square miles in the world, Death Valley must be the least interesting 3,000 square miles in North America.  Counting that part of Canada that’s all white on the map.
  5. When Jim suggested removing the sway bar to better handle the road & Patrick suggested that smoke from the exhaust was caused by excess oil falling on the manifold, my only contribution to the conversation was a wisecrack about dilithium crystals & the warp core reactor that I decided to leave unspoken.  It turns out that I’m not really “helpfull” in a practical sense.

For those interested in a slightly longer version, here’s the Flickr story.