I drove back to Pittsburgh after my internship at Apple in the Bay Area from August 25 to 31, 2019. Here are some interesting parts of that journey.
One of the mot interesting things I saw on I-5 were the “save water” vs “dam water grows food” signs all along the highway.
What do I think about it? Southern California is basically a desert which feeds off irrigation. I think it’s fine to support some agriculture there but there’s no justification to grow water hungry crops like cotton and almonds.
Death Valley is a proper desert. It is very very hot, very very dry and has lots of twisty climbs and steep descends. My car AC was not even close to be being prepared for this. Thankfully, someone suggested carrying a water squirt bottle!
TODO: why is it challenging
TODO: Artist’s drive
I’d heard that Death Valley has one of the best night skies so I stopped by the road after sunset to experience it. A coyote showed up at the spot (probably having the same idea) and scared me away. A saw another coyote pup on the drive to the motel. They look like tiny dog puppies.
Fun fact: I passed by Area 51 on the way to my motel
TODO: add waffle photo
Example waffle with ice cream