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  • Ute Buehler

ROUTE 66, Death Valley, Nevada

For me, deserts have beauty in abundance, even though they seem to be void of life. Death Valley is one of them. And when you ask Mr. Google or Wikipedia, or just go to the Nature Channels of National Geographic you’ll find reports about the wealth of life in the desert, fascinating!

We entered Death Valley which is actually located in California, from its Nevada entrance by Beatty. Coming from the Mojave Desert, in the middle of nowhere, we saw this sign inviting truckers to Angel’s Ladies, and, close to the entrance to the Amargosa Mountain Range, there it was, Angel’s brothel, just like the one in the movie “The Best Little Whore House in Texas.” We are still chuckling.

The Amargosa Desert along the Nevada side of its name sake mountain range is one amazing example for desert’s beauty. It has its name from the Amargosa river–amargosa is the Spanish word for bitter, and bitter the water of this river is, indeed.

We had to get to Death Valley early in the morning as during the day temperatures rose too high for safe traveling with our RV, and who wants to get stuck in Death Valley in the middle of the day?

The colors early in the morning are stunning, shades of pink, blue, grey and red, with the haze in the background, it’s magic.

Nevada fave food Ñ Although the Silver State doesn’t have an official state food, it’s shrimp cocktail sure would make a good choice. It originated in Las Vegas in 1959, and is served in a glass—go figure. a glass?

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