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Death Valley 2008 Trip

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Friday, February 22nd
Drive to Bakersfield

It was raining in the Bay Area and a big storm was forecast to come in on the weekend. It was just starting to sprinkle as we left around 3:15pm. Our goal for the day was to drive to Bakersfield and spend the night there. I chose Bakersfield because it's about halfway between the Bay Area and Death Valley, which is a bit too long for most people to drive in one day. It can be done, but if you don't leave early in the morning you'll end up pitching your tent in the dark. We've done that a few times, but I had no desire to do that with two kids.

So we headed down 101 to 152, then turned onto I-5 south. I chose this route rather than Altamont Pass because I figured we'd avoid traffic more this way. We didn't run into much traffic and arrived in Bakersfield after about 4 hours, 15 minutes of driving. It rained for much of the last hour or two.


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