It's official: Death Valley is off the itinerary for my California trip. My reasons for removing it are threefold:
- It shaves about 250 miles off the trip. As noted previously, Sequoia National Park and Death Valley National Park are practically right next to one another, but since there's no exit on the east side of Sequoia, you have to pretty far out of your way south before you find a road that will take you east and back north to Death Valley.
- August is dumb time to go to Death Valley. The average temperature in Death Valley in August is 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius). That's a little hotter than I like.
- Skipping Death Valley will allow me to spend more time in Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon. There's a lot more to see and do in those two/three parks than there is in Death Valley, so I'd be better served by spending more time in the former at the expense of visiting the latter.
So I'll be spending my last night in California in Bakersfield, which is widely known as the entertainment capital of Kern County. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be anything of note happening in Bakersfield the night I'm planning to be there. Alas.
In other trip planning news, my wool socks were delivered this week, so my feet will stay nice and dry inside my new boots. And the AC adapter I ordered for my laptop came too. Yes, I'm taking my laptop with me, but not for the reason you think. My digital camera has a relatively small memory card, and while I looked into buying a bigger card, I ultimately decided it would be more cost-effective to buy an adapter that would allow me to plug my laptop into the cigarette lighter of my car. That way, I can just download all my photos onto the hard drive at the end of each day. (Full disclosure: tivogoddess gave me the idea.) Plus, if I get bored, I can play Snood.