Death Valley and Las Vegas
February 8-14, 2010
Mikey's Moments > Death Valley and Las Vegas
I have wanted to experience Death Valley and Las Vegas for some time now. Last year I planned the trip but cancelled it due to work. This year it looks as though the same thing will happen but at the last minute there are some delays and so I seize the opportunity and go for it!
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My initial route from Sunnyvale to Lone Pine


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Looking back on the road north to Owens Valley


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Red Rock Canyon State Park


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The Eastern Sierras


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Owens Lake and the Inyo Mountains


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Red Rock Canyon State Park


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High desert and Sierra Nevada


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Welcome to Lone Pine!


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Lone Pine downtown


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Early morning Sierra Nevada


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A quick stop to enjoy the view


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The route from Lone Pine to Badwater in Death Valley


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Death Valley National Park


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Nice reflections in the Panamint Valley


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Badwater Basin in Death Valley


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282 feet below sea level


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The water does indeed look quite bad!


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This is where sea level would be


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The Artists Drive


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Through the very lovely Artists Pallette


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The colours are quite spectacular


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And caused by different minerals oxidising in the soil


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Furnace Creek in the heart of Death Valley - the second most hottest place in the world


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A boiler at Harmony Borax Works


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A 20 mule wagon train for carrying borax - and water for the mules in the desert


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"Old Dinah" a steam driven tractor from 1894


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Mesquite Sand Dunes near Stovepipe Wells


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A very lovely place to wander but don't get lost!


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A Desert Skunk Beetle


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It's an amazing place


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Some of the Star Wars scenes were shot here


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As the day ended the clouds started to roll in so time to head for my hotel in Beatty, Nevada


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The drive from Beatty to Las Vegas, nevada


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Arrived at Sin City


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I loved this reflection


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A gondola sails the canals at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino


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It's amazing to realize you are still inside!


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It was my year - Year of the Tiger


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More nice reflections


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The entrance to the Madame Tussauds waxworks Museum


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Everything's sexier in Paris!


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Paris Las Vegas Hotel Casino


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Cute water fall shot


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Yup - Elvis is still alive and living in Vegas!


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Caesars Palace Hotel Casino


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Ballys Showgirl


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Outside the M&M store


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Forum shops at Caesars Palace Hotel Casino shopping mall


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Harrahs Casino


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1,149 feet (350 m) high Stratosphere's Tower


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A taste of Manhattan at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino


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Interesting angle on a building


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The MGM Grand


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An interesting statue


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The Lion Habitat at the MGM Grand


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Michael Jackson is here too!


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Gorgeous golden globes


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A general shot of the strip looking towards Paris... Paris, Las Vegas that is!


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Ah yes! So good they named it twice! :)


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Zabriskie Point in Death Valley on the way back home


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Named after Christian Brevoort Zabriskie of the Pacific Coast Borax Company


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Very cool hills


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This other-wordly landscape was captured back at Badwater Basin


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A view looking north east from Badwater


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The hills could easily be from another planet


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Oh! Maybe I took a wrong turn - perhaps this is Mars after all! :)


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The gorgeous Death Valley colours really start to glow as the sun slowly lowers


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This shot was taken looking out roughly north west from the Harmony Borax Works


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And this one from the same place but on the eastern side of the valley


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There is something very special about a desert evening


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You can't get a much more classic evening mountain shot than this


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A passing car reminds me that it is probably time to head off to rest


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My trusty Honda is waiting patiently...
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