Johnzimbo
Johnzimbo
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June 24th, 2017 at 4:36:05 PM permalink
An interesting read about some tourists who left Vegas to tour Death Valley but didn't return

http://www.otherhand.org/home-page/search-and-rescue/the-hunt-for-the-death-valley-germans/
DrawingDead
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June 25th, 2017 at 6:21:05 AM permalink
Quote: billryan

How many Gateways to Death Valley are there? Beatty boasts it is the Gateway and has to be two hundred miles away.

Apparently the answer to that is some number greater than seven eight, at which point I stopped looking because my breakfast pizza is done. I found the following declaring themselves to be The Gateway to Death Valley:

  • Baker, CA
  • Beatty, NV
  • Johannesburg, CA
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • A "National Historical Monument" on Hwy. 190 @ mile 111.8
  • Newberry Springs, CA
  • The Atomic Inn Motel
  • Ridgecrest, CA
  • California Historic Landmark #442 on Badwater Road @ Hwy. 190

  • And, since February of 2015, the Travel Bug Hotel swimming pool in Florida, from which someone is peddling a Gateway to Death Valley "Geocoin." No kidding:

Link to "Gateway to Death Valley" coin advertisement by "lynnray"

Quote:

About This Item

Original: pewter colored 2 inch geocoin with a white and red thermometer monument with flags around it. back is a skull of an animal and what looks like dessert


The brief ad doesn't say so, but maybe it works like a Star Trek transporter if you know the secret incantation. Or maybe it just gets wet in that swimming pool after > 2 years.
Nevermind.
DrawingDead
DrawingDead
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June 25th, 2017 at 6:45:40 AM permalink
Quote: rxwine

Else why would they build this?

To sell lots of little baby Baker thermometers in the "gift shop" at the bottom of it? And some burgers & chips & soda in the Bun Boy Restaurant next to it, which was owned by Willis Herron who originally had the phallus, er, the rather large thermodynamic measurement device erected there?
Nevermind.
mamat
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June 25th, 2017 at 7:28:33 AM permalink
Palm Springs 115 degrees when I was driving to casinos yesterday...

It was 126 degrees during a heat wave last year in the Palm Springs, Joshua Tree area.
FleaStiff
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June 25th, 2017 at 8:08:00 AM permalink
Quote: Johnzimbo

An interesting read about some tourists who left Vegas to tour Death Valley but didn't return
http://www.otherhand.org/home-page/search-and-rescue/the-hunt-for-the-death-valley-germans/

Sometimes there simply is no "outback mentality". People are used to well paved, well patrolled roads and just don't realize that those "no services for a zillion miles" signs are there for a reason.
GWAE
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monet0412
July 18th, 2017 at 4:43:29 PM permalink
I get that 120 is hot, even if it is a dry heat. However other east coast people will feel my pain. Today we had a high of 92 with 70% humidity. I took a vacation day today so I could repair my driveway. I had to mix 2000 lbs of concrete by the bag, 20 bags of mixing in a wheel barrel and shovel I lost 8 pounds. My 5 year old son came out and asked me why I dumped a bucket of water on my head. Ohhhhh I wish that's what happened.
FleaStiff
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July 18th, 2017 at 5:20:05 PM permalink
Pushed my overheating chariot to the library to get another book on Puntland and as I got out of the car an elderly woman walking to her car asked me if I was okay. Engine overheats, no AC so I over heat too.
odiousgambit
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July 19th, 2017 at 2:03:51 AM permalink
Quote: Johnzimbo

An interesting read about some tourists who left Vegas to tour Death Valley but didn't return

http://www.otherhand.org/home-page/search-and-rescue/the-hunt-for-the-death-valley-germans/



Proof that these people were delusional and headed for trouble from the start:

Quote:

Egbert faxed a request from the hotel to his ex-wife and sonís mother, Hieki Weber, requesting additional funds be sent to him. These funds were never sent



emphasis mine. He was traveling with his new girlfriend [and unfortunately two kids]
"Baccarat is a game whereby the croupier gathers in money with a flexible sculling oar, then rakes it home. If I could have borrowed his oar I would have stayed." .......... Mark Twain
TigerWu
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July 19th, 2017 at 7:52:32 AM permalink
Paradigm
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July 19th, 2017 at 5:01:58 PM permalink
The problem in Vegas in the summer is it doesn't cool down at night...was walking between casinos downtown this weekend...104 at 11:15PM on Saturday night! There is never any relief it seems, regardless of the time of day.
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