Death Valley

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With only one planned stop and the kids being so short on swim time lately we took the later check out time and decided on a morning swim before leaving Las Vegas.

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We stayed well off the strip last night so on our way out of town we drove down South Las Vegas blvd. The kids really wanted to go in a casino or the arcade at Circus Circus, but we are not doing that this trip.

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Then we turned tail towards Death Valley. There were a few small towns in desolate areas that made me wonder why anyone would choose to move out there. It must be for a job, but what industry would this area provide? We came very close to Area 51.

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Slowly the scenery was turning gorgeous! Not at all what I imagined Death Valley would look like.

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We passed sea level (the valley goes to a depth of 190 feet below sea level)

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We liked the visitor center it was in a little oasis looking campground. Campers come to hike and star gaze.

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The highest recorded temperature ever recorded in Death Valley is 134 degrees.

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We all got out at the sand dunes

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We loved the up and down parts of the road that made our tummies tickle and the kids giggle with laughter. Such beautiful views all day, I wish we could have done some hiking. We were sad to say good bye to the park and see the sun disappear behind the mountains.

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