Okay, okay, so we're not REALLY going to Mordor. No doubt there are similarities: hot fumes, rocky terrain, and a giant, yellow
eyeball sun looming in the sky, watching your every move. And to get there you have to pass obstacles like giant mammoths, lakes of salt, Ents, a canyon of kings, the treacherous white mountains, and a valley of death**. But at least Phoenix doesn't have any Orcs. :)
No, I'm looking forward to it. But I'm REALLY excited about the drive. We're taking the "scenic" route, depicted by that pretty purplish line below (click on the photo to enlarge...). This route is also adding 4 hours to our overall drive time, but we'll be breaking it up. We're spending one night near Mt. Whitney (west of Death Valley), and the second in Las Vegas, with lots of scenic detours in between!
There's some gorgeous countryside along the way and I'll be sure and take loads of photos. :D Assuming the weather holds...it's been a late winter for the Sierra's!
I hope to return to the blogosphere in the next few weeks. In the meantime, hope you all had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!
**A key to aforementioned locations (links are above):
mammoths = Mammoth Lakes
lakes of salt = Mono Lake
Ents = Bristlecone Pine Forest
canyon of kings = Kings Canyon National Park
white mountains = White Mountains!
valley of death = Death Valley