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I am actually Chris Winters; I am actually living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; I am actually married and have three cats. (Guess what one of them is named?) I am the "OpenInteract" guy, which could be good or bad.

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Thursday March 31, 2005
09:59 PM

Recommendations for things to see between Monterey and Vegas?

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In mid-August we're going to a wedding in Las Vegas. (Note to self: make sure we RSVP'd...) We figured since that's only 500+ miles from Monterey we should see Kitty, Mike and the new baby. (Well, I guess he won't be quite so new in August. But he'll be new to us!) So we're flying to San Jose a week earlier than the wedding and renting a car.

After we've annoyed them for a few days we'll take a few days to drive down to Las Vegas. Any ideas on what to see in between? (Suggestions to "hang out in Death Valley" filed to /dev/null...)

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  • Actually, don't discount Death Valley. With all the rains this year, it's blossomed spectacularly. I read in the newpaper that the NPS has had to bring in additional rangers from other parks to meet the high demand. But by mid-August it'll probably be too late to see any difference.

    As to other choices: Depending on the route you want to take, if you go thru the eastern Sierra, there's lots of beautiful areas to see (the western sierra is mostly desert -- better in the winter). Personally I'd recommend

  • If you go the way that Yahoo maps [] suggests for Monterey to Vegas, you'll be driving right through World Famous "Kramer Junction", aka Four Corners, the place that proves that in the middle of nowhere, anyplace is someplace. The rocket ship that used to be out in front of the Astro Burger (IIRC) isn't there anymore, but you'll have plenty of time to wonder why Captain Beefhart used to live out there in the Mojave Desert, or come to understand why he made the music that he did :)

    And Randsburg [] would be slight