Yosemite, Mammoth and Death Valley
Report courtesy of Sarah
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Day 5, Sunday
Distance Driven: 390 miles
Hotel: Sarah's Beach House
City: Hermosa Beach
The final day of our trip will once again start early.
We’ll eat breakfast at either the Ranch or the Inn (breakfast starts
7am, brunch 11am). Then we’ll
depart for Scotty’s Castle. Prospector
“Death Valley Scotty” claimed this elaborate Spanish-style mansion was built
by gold from his fictitious mine. In reality, it was the 1920s vacation home of his wealthy
friends. Today, living history
tours of the castle’s richly furnished interior are given by costumed park
rangers. Next we’ll stop by the
Ubehebe Crater. More than 3000
years ago the desert silence was shattered by a massive volcanic explosion
caused by the violent release of underground steam pressure.
When the cinders and dust settled, this 600 feet deep crater remained.
Although easily visible from the pave road, many hikers circle the crater
rim to see smaller craters. From
here it is back to Hermosa Beach. We
will exit through the parks south entrance on route 178.
We will pass through the famous Emmigrant Pass.
It will be a 4.5 hour drive from Scotty’s Castle.
If we want to forgo an nice dinner our day could start later.
I think Dinner at Pancho’s would be a nice ending to our Owens Valley
trip. If you prefer we could dine
at Kincaid’s (reservations are for 7pm, 310-318-6080).
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