“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your Staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23, Holy Bible)
Today we took Herbie for a ride to the Valley of Death, better known as Death Valley National Park. As we are staying in Pahrump, Nevada, right now, we had to cross the border entering California again. We have been in Death Valley many times, but we never approached the lowest point of the United States coming via this route.
Actually, one of the most “dangerous” things which may happen to you, when you stop in such extremely hot areas and you turn off the engine; that your car vapor locks. It happened to us already so many times that we’re getting used to it.
Pahrump, Nevada – This town is one of the major entrance gates to California’s Death Valley and is located close to the state border just East of the National Park. Initially, we wanted to stay here just overnight, but we’ve been enjoying this place so much that we have decided to extend our stay for another night or two.
We also got a pretty good deal on a four star casino resort in Reno and so we stayed there more than one night, too. The view from the 20th floor was just wonderful.
Actually, we are on our way to Las Vegas and haven’t expected to stay in Nevada that long, as we’ll stay in Sin City as well at least three nights. But as we have traveled the Silver State in the past not as much as other Southwestern states of the USA, we really appreciate to get to see more places in Nevada.
Yesterday we visited the Bristlecone Pine Forest, just outside of Big Pine. The Bristlecone Pines are the oldest living organisms on our planet. They are up to 4,700 years old and grow at an altitude of more than 10,000 feet (or 3,000 meters).
Herbie had to climb a pretty steep winding road up the White Mountains, where these magnificent trees are located. In addition to that we had to take a little hike along a trail where we could spot some of the oldest Bristlecone Pines out there. Even though it was a long way up, it is well worth visiting this wonder of nature.
Herbie conquered America’s “Loneliest Highway” today. We made it all the way to Fallon, a town just 60 miles outside of Reno. On our way across Nevada we had to override reams of mountain passes. From here we’ll be heading South towards Las Vegas, after we spent two nights in Reno as we haven’t been there before.
Right before we reached the town of Fallon, we passed by huge sand dunes.
Nevada – The so-called Silver State is the one we entered today. In order to hit the “Loneliest Highway” towards Reno tomorrow, we drove all the way from Salt Lake City to Ely, the probably biggest town along this highway no. 50.
Back in Salt Lake City, somebody told us that our brake lights are not working at all. Even though Domi already had worries about the brake light switch beforehand, he checked the bulbs and fuses and they were okay. Luckily we bought such a switch as a spare down in Mexico when we came back from South America.
As our brake lights are working again, we are ready and eager to hit the “Loneliest Highway” tomorrow cruising across the entire Silver State. Our destination for tomorrow is Fallon, which is located at the western end of highway no. 50.
Above you see the big Salt Lake which we we passed heading towards Nevada.
Salt Lake City, Utah – While we’re heading West, we stopped to meet the Hales Family, who are huge fans of Herbie, the Love Bug. They’ve already been following our travel blog and contacted us after we started this trip across the US Southwest.
On our way to Utah’s capital we passed by Park City and its Olympic Park Jumps.
It seems, whenever you enter Utah, to be welcomed by red rocks and scenic views. So, also this time, when we were driving along Interstate 80 coming from Wyoming.
Tomorrow we’ll be heading towards Nevada. Domi always wanted to drive the “Loneliest Highway No. 50” as we have already driven the “Extraterrestrial Highway”.
In Colorado we were facing rain and on our way up Northwest entering Wyoming we had to cope with pretty rough headwinds, making it though for Herbie to keep up speed. Today we stopped in another town named Green River for the night.
Tomorrow we’ll probably enter Utah again in order to head further West as we want to stick to the Southwestern US this time. We don’t have that much time like during our world tour, therefore we pretty much want to stay in our most favorite places.
What is yet to come? We’re actually planning to visit Reno and Las Vegas, to drive Nevada’s so-called “Loneliest Highway”, to explore Bryce and Zion National Park another time and to stay in Ridgecrest, California, at least for a couple of days.
Before we entered Colorado today, we explored the Canyonlands National Park in Utah – Domi’s most favorite spot in the United States – where the Colorado and Green River come together. These scenic overlooks are simply gorgeous!