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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.

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4 comments

  1. I was going to tell you to go to Scotty’s Castle, since I had been there when I was about 8 or 9, but I wasn’t sure if it was still good. Glad I didn’t say anything.

    Glad to see you all made it back safe and sound.


  2. The thing about Scotty’s Castle is, I’m sure it’s impressive when compared to the completely desolate settings, but it’s not like Hearst’s Castle in San Simeon or anything. Hell, it’s basically a nice Bel Air home but in the middle of the desert. The best part is that even their promotional website is sad:

    “The swimming pool is a good place to begin. It was more a dream than a reality, but what a dream it was! Had the 270-foot pool been completed, it would have rivaled that of kings’. From this vantagepoint, look out over the land; try to envision reflecting pools, ponds, fountains and two man-made lakes. Finished, it would have been a real-life mirage in the desert, but like so many other dreams, the 1929 Stock Market Crash kept it from becoming a reality”

    So, the highlight, the VERY FIRST thing they tell you to visit at Scotty’s Castle is the AWESOME swimming pool which never got built. But just imagine how great it would have been if they HAD built it, huh?

    So you can kinda see how lame the rest of Scotty’s Castle was.


  3. Question? Why is Patrick wearing Jeans if it is 120 degrees?


  4. Patrick actually has no legs. He’s just embarresed to show people his fake legs. The good thing is that since he has no legs, jeans really aren’t all that hot — even in 120 degrees.



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