After breakfast we set off on a long and twisty drive to Death Valley National Park. Known for its extremes of weather, from the snow capped peaks in Winter to the unbearable heat in the Valley from May onwards.
We followed the Sierra Nevada mountain range which was still covered n snow, making a very scenic backdrop to the many miles of desert we passed.
We stopped for lunch at Furnace Creek which is an oasis surrounded by the vast arid desert of Death Valley National Park.. According to the Guinness book of records, the highest recorded temperature was taken here on the 10th July 1913 at 56.7deg C (134 deg F)
Fortunately for us the temperature was only 31 deg C so we were quite comfortable sitting in the shade having our lunch together which we had bought at a supermarket on the way.
Our tour leader had got the girls onto a guest list for the club in Caesar's Palace but I opted out as I wanted to have a look at the hotels.
|Time to check our watches and enjoy the champagne that was on offer.|
Our first stop was at the original Vegas Strip which is a long covered street.
The flamingoes weren't bothered at all by the tourists and their cameras.
Last but not least was Caesar's Palace. A large opulent building with a huge Casino.
We were only in Las Vegas for the one night and I was determined to see as much of it as possible but by 2.30am I thought it was time to get back to my hotel E was exhausted and had gone back about 1am. I was very surprised to discover the next morning that the girls had given up on the clubbing idea because the queue was so long and they were home by 11pm. However there will be no chance of catching up on sleep as it's another early start in the morning travelling on Route 66 on our way to the Grand Canyon.