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.
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.
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.
Slowly the scenery was turning gorgeous! Not at all what I imagined Death Valley would look like.
We passed sea level (the valley goes to a depth of 190 feet below sea level)
We liked the visitor center it was in a little oasis looking campground. Campers come to hike and star gaze.
The highest recorded temperature ever recorded in Death Valley is 134 degrees.
We all got out at the sand dunes
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.