Join us on our trip in seach of wildflowers and poppies, with a little rambling and gambling along the way.
We drove in a circular route, going first over the Sierra via Donner Pass to Reno on I-80. We spent a day visiting Virginia City, an old mining town south of Reno, and then headed south on U.S. 395 to Mono Lake and Bishop. We went south to Lone Pine then headed east to Death Valley National Park.
The wildflowers were abundant throughout the park and we made numerous stops to take photos. We also made stops at Panamint Springs and Stovepipe Wells, the sand dunes and Scotty's Castle. We spent the night in Beatty, Nevada, and then traveled south through the rest of the park, taking a trip along Artist Drive, stopping at Badwater (minus 282 feet below sea level) for a walk on the salt flats, and at numerous other spots to take photos.
We left the park and drove to Las Vegas for a day, then it was on to the California Poppy Reserve near Lancaster, California, where the poppies were everywhere along with lots of other wildflowers. They were all along the roadside, in the fields and in people's yards.
We then went north, driving through oil and farm country on California Route 33 rather than Interstate 5. We went west to King City, visited Pinnacles National Monument, and then headed for home on U.S. 101 and I-280.
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