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Old railway carrage

The plan for today was to see the few sights Death Valley had to offer.

Rhyolite Ghost Town was first on the list. Despite only being built about 100 years ago what is left of the town is completely deserted, all very weird as it once homed 10,000 people. The bottle house is cool and the old railway station/casino is a nice building, all the others have virtually gone. There was a guild there when we stopped who mentioned they were about to start restoring the station, a great idea.

At the entrance to Rhyolite there is also Goldwell Open Air Museum, now this is a seriously odd sight. Slap bang in the middle of the Mojave desert is a selection of large art work, you really need to see to believe.

There is a ghostly figure on a bike and a similar interpretation of the Last Supper, a huge Lego woman, a sofa made of glass and bottle tops, a giant steel minor and what looks like a penguin and a scary clawed lady onto a telegraph post. A sight you don't expect to see and one whole a visit.

As the temperature rose, we went back to the hotel and had lunch by the pool. It was far to hot to do anything else but lie still.

The afternoon took a road trip South to see Badwater, the hottest place in the world (128 F when we were there!), the natural bridge, Devils Golf Course, the very pretty Artists Palette and finally the Golden Canyon. The stop offs were all kept short due to the heat before we drove to the sand dunes to watch the sun set. Typically the sun had disappeared behind the clouds of a storm so instead we decided to just mess around on the dunes, what a giggle!

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Old railway carrage
Old railway carrage
Bottle House
Bottle House
The last supper
The last supper
Me being Jesus
Me being Jesus
Lego Lady
Lego Lady
Quick rest
Quick rest
Miner and his Peguin
Miner and his Peguin
Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge
Artist Palette
Artist Palette
Golden Canyon
Golden Canyon
Wheres the sun gone?
Where's the sun gone?
Play time!
Play time!
Furnace Creek Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Good but pricey
This was the cheapest place to eat while stopping at Furnace Creek Ranch, which made it our choice. The food was good but pricey. Service friendly… read entire review
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