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Old 09-12-2014, 10:30 PM
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Labor Day/Bristlecone Pine/Death Valley

Last Labor Day weekend, my bride and I headed out Thursday from El Dorado Hills CA, to the Marine Corp Mountain Warfare Training Center, on the east side of the Sierras near Bridgeport. We went via 50 and over the Emmigrant Trail to Silver Lake, Caples Lake, Hope Valley and 395S. Nice little base and you had armed Marines at the gate to guard the S! Inexpensive.

We headed early Friday morning to Bishop and stayed at a 40 acre B&B: Joseph House. Highly recommend it. We then went from sea level to 8K feet to the Bristlecone Pine Forest. These trees are the oldest living things on earth; around 4700 years old. The road from the forest turnoff to the highway south of Bishop, 168 to 395, turned out to be one of my all time favorite roads to drive in the S. Twists and turns, up and down, almost floating, and you can see far enough ahead to not worry about traffic. It even got down to one lane.

On to Death Valley. South of Bishop we came to site of a Japanese relocation camp called Manzanar. We stopped and toured around. I had never been to one before. Its right next to the freeway, 395. We stopped by Rhyolite Nv, a ghost town, and then on to 116 F Furnace Creek. Sunday it was 118 F. Just a beautiful place. There is a lot to do and see. Great spring fed pool. The first day we could not hear anyone speaking English. The next day one couple spoke it. The rest of the visitors were German, French, and Nordic. At sunset we headed to Dantes View and took in the entire valley. It was 25 degrees cooler up there and it is listed as one of the quietest places in California. The milky way was milky.

Drove up and down the valley, even put the top down for a bit to say we did it. My wife said she has never consumed so much water before. Made some short excursions but you did have to watch it. Was glad I had some desert survival training!

We left on Monday for the longest drive of the trip. We stopped in Bishop at a great old time restaurant: Jacks. It larger and the kind of place they say "Yahall" Lots of trophy fish on the wall. Great malts; the real deal.

Headed over the 108 the Sonora Pass. Just a beautiful drive. Top down, 76 degrees. Home around dinner time. 1100 miles total. Got it up around 110 on some straight roads. Only car in sight was us.


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Old 09-13-2014, 06:11 AM
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Nice trip COS but...........OMG "four wheeling" off road in an S2000??? As bad as JJ with the pictures of his car covered in snow and slush- sacrilege, LOL.
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Old 09-13-2014, 09:31 AM
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SWEET! Looks like some open VTEC road out there
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Old 09-14-2014, 01:32 PM
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looks like a cool trip.

eddie world, stagecoach hotel and casino, denny's--that scene looks like tourista hell; should just gone to wally world with clark. i been to those places. needless to say, i am sure the rest of the trip was spent in mostly pleasant desolation.
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Old 09-14-2014, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by bbcricketta View Post
looks like a cool trip.

eddie world, stagecoach hotel and casino, denny's--that scene looks like tourista hell; should just gone to wally world with clark. i been to those places. needless to say, i am sure the rest of the trip was spent in mostly pleasant desolation.
Cool and hot. That tourist scene from hell was the only spot around for a hundred miles that had premium gas for sale. It was the epicenter of Beatty, a bustling metropolis on 95 and 374 going into Ca and DV. I was 10 miles from the ghost town so we just filled up and hit it. That why I took the pic; what a place.
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Old 09-15-2014, 08:53 AM
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Good travel log Cosmo. Make's me want to pack some water in the S and head west.
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Old 09-16-2014, 11:54 AM
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Nice Cosmo!
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