Cross southwest trip winter 2014 travel blog

Artist's Palette

Natural Bridge

Badwater Basin, lowest point in N. America, 282 ft below sea level

Salt flats in Death Valley

Hot springs pool

Tuesday, March 11. Las Vegas day 2. Got up and did laundry and finally met up with my sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Randy LaMare. They had left for a similar trip a few weeks ahead of us and stayed in an RV park in Phoenix, visiting friends from home. We had not coordinated it, but they had come to Circus Circus Hotel from their RV park in Vegas in order to spend time in the area. We were surprised to see that they were at Circus Circus as we were staying at Circus Circus KOA RV park. With plans having been made ahead of time, and conflicting schedules it was not looking like we would even be able to meet up. However, they stopped by the RV park laundry and visited for a bit. They had gone to Death Valley with their friends Dennis and Betty. After finishing our laundry and picking up a bit, we went to the Circus Circus Buffet. Then we took the Monorail to the other end of the strip near MGM and walked the strip back to Circus Circus. When we returned we enjoyed the hot tub. It was very relaxing and felt good after our long walk. Around 6 pm, we took the city bus to Fremont Street. We had been there years ago when we came to Vegas but only during the day. What a magnificent light show they put on, each hour during the evening. There were singers, dancers, and an Elvis impersonator who was not too bad. We shopped and walked around. It was very crowded and the energy was high. Jim got a nice cold beer to enjoy while walking around. We reconnected with Susan and Randy for a few minutes and they shared some information for our trip to Death Valley tomorrow. We were exhausted by the end of the day...

Wednesday, March 12. We left Vegas around 6:30 am and drove to Death Valley. We stopped many places along the way to see the sights, including a spectacular view from Zabriski Point, Harmony Borax Works, Artist Drive and Palette, Natural Bridge, Badwater Basin (the lowest point in North America, being 282 feet below sea level), and Salt flats all along the way. The views and mountains were gorgeous. We stopped in Shoshone RV park for the night, having traveled 257 miles in about 9 1/2 hours. The nice end to the day, was that the RV park had a swimming pool that was filled with water from nearby hot springs. It was 89 degrees and had a tube above it that the water could come out of and massage your back. It was awesome.

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