Summer Solstice Road Trip

What better way than to spend the first weekend of summer somewhere really warm? Like Las Vegas?

A first idea of what is in store one can get from the huge thermometer in Baker at 4 PM.

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Those who like even more heat turn left off the I-15 into Death Valley. There they laugh at 111 F. The less hardy ones continue on towards the last ridge of the Mojave National Preserve,

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over the pass and down, down into the Ivanpah Dry Lake. Even though it is dry, it is popular for sailing – land sailing that is. With 35 square miles there’s a lot of room for that particular sport.

On the other side of the lake Nevada begins, easily recognizable from the casinos of Primm.

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Then it is just another short hop of 50 miles and time for some fun. Most people go for the gambling – some go for the food. There are several great places in Las Vegas to celebrate the first day of summer with some friendly former inhabitants of Maine.

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Eat, drink and be merry and forget that at 10 PM it is still 98 F outside. After all, in Death Valley it is still hotter and lobsters turn red at 212 F.

2 Replies to “Summer Solstice Road Trip”

  1. It has been over 40 years since I’ve been to Vegas. I think it’s time for another trip. I’d really like to go spend a couple of days there, just to sight-see.

  2. You won’t recognize the place. Even over the last 10 years I’ve been going there it has changed a lot. As we go to LV at least once, sometimes twice a year, our focus of attention has shifted from the city to the surrounding areas.

    I will post more about that in a day or two.

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