After Vegas I didn’t have much planned for a few days other than getting myself closer to Yosemite. I started out by leaving Las Vegas Tuesday early morning as I had a long (and slightly boring) day of driving ahead of me. The route went through Death Valley and all the way up to Lee Vining which works as the entrance town to Yosemite when coming from east.

The view from Zabriskie Point in Death Valley

The view from Zabriskie Point in Death Valley

Death Valley was hot, dry and dusty. But not as hot as I can imagine it must be if you’re driving through in mid August. I think the highest temperature I came across on my way was 107 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 42 degrees Celcius).
I made a short stop at Zabriskie Point which provides a good overlook of the yellow-brown badlands.

The view from Zabriskie Point in Death Valley

The view from Zabriskie Point in Death Valley

Afterwards it was on to the detour to Badwater Basin. This is the lowest point in North America at 85.5 m below sea level.

Badwater Basin in Death Valley

Badwater Basin in Death Valley

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The following day was sort of a “buffer day” that I could use to do whatever I felt like (yeah I realize that I can spend all days like I want to when I’m traveling on my own..). The only thing I knew I really had to do was laundry!

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

When I first told my grandparents about this trip seven months ago they immediately said that Lake Tahoe had been among their favorite places on their road trip 50 years (and a few months) ago. So with a full day on my hands I decided to toss my laundry in the back of the car and drive up there.

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A wednesday in between the summer and winter season might not be the best time to visit. The beach was pretty much completely empty save for a few optimistic sunbathers (the sun was shining but it wasn’t exactly beach weather!) and the gondola to the viewpoints was closed.

Empty beach at Lake Tahoe

Empty beach at Lake Tahoe

But the lake was beautiful! And it was nice with a day of relaxing and blogging before heading to Yosemite..

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