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30 August 2008 @ 06:15 pm
Death Valley  
I never thought I'd do it, but I did go to one of the hottest places on earth at the hottest time of the year. Death Valley is infamous for its high 120F (>50C) temperatures during the peak of summer and it certainly didn't cool down for visitors. Death Valley visitor centers have a huge temperature guages hanging over their doorways and that day it read 115F (46C). Thanks to air conditioning, driving through Death Valley without dying is possible. The moment you step out of the car into the sun, it feels like as if you are in a gigantic oven. And with the blowing hot wind sucks out all moisture the body has to offer. They say the heat can kill in thirty minutes out there. Maybe that is true, but five minutes out in the sun is enough torture.

A "killer" poodle sits guard in a truck passing by the Shoshone village (outskirts of Death Valley)

The Crowbar salon. Great food!

Death Valley Superstore!

And thats how houses looked in these parts during the heydays of mining about a century ago.

That's my bank...

Mining machines

Sunset at the sand dunes of Death Valley

I love the roads in Death Valley

A dry lake bed

Joshua tree

Joshua tree. I love the blue skies of death valley, which looks even more stunning with a polarizing filter and a saturated photograph!

kejnkejn on August 31st, 2008 05:52 am (UTC)
gotta love that killer poodle! :-)

love the dry lake bed too...

i wish we could hear from your friend who you traveled with. i'm curious to know what it's like traveling with you. do you walk quietly around in circles at every place you get to, eyeing your environment, crawl down on the ground here and there to view the perpective? does one have to have a lot of patience waiting for you to get your photograph before moving on? do you get stressed if someone is impatient? :-)
Yathinyathin on August 31st, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
> i wish we could hear from your friend

i'll try and get the questions answered, or at least request the friend to write up about the experience (and perhaps post that on my blog?). For now, here are my perspectives on what my fellow travelers would think of me... ;)

> i'm curious to know what it's like traveling with you.

It's like binary. I either talk too much or too little - from what I've heard. And I talk about random things at random times.

> do you walk quietly around in circles...

Not that I know of. Not sure if I'm doing that subconsciously though. I keep my eye open for anything that moves though.

> do you get stressed if someone is impatient?

Sometimes, yes. But most times, I just don't notice it!
kejnkejn on August 31st, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
a guest blogging by your friend would be interesting indeed!
carine_bryce on September 16th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
Travelling with Yathin
Travelling with Yathin is nothing but fun !! As a wildlife lover, you will never get bored listening to his amazing explanations and knowledge about nature, animals and evolution. I think we made a good team, the science + the improvisation gave us a great result ;-))

And I must say that Yathin is an insatiable driver... Still can't believe we drove thousands of kilometers day and night in such a small period of time :-o Patience + Passion = Perfect trip.

We've been to extremely different places and met many different animals - thank you "eye of tiger" !

Yathin, when are going to go on exploration together again ? I would love to go back to Bandipur with you !!

kejnkejn on September 17th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
Re: Travelling with Yathin
interesting! :-) thanks for sharing, carine.
ex_neke on August 31st, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous. Especially the one of the dry lake bed.