On the way to Death Valley we came across one of the former internment camps where thousands of Japanese Americans were held during WWII after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour. They were herded together from all over the States and held at internment centres all over the country. They lost their homes, their businesses, their possessions and some their dignity being houses in barracks with thousands of others. The visitor centre was very interesting and we watched a video ad viewed all the exhibits and realised what a sad story it was and hadn't realised this had happened here in the States during the war. Many years later whilst Ronald Reagan was president the government made a formal apology to all those who had been interned and they received a letter of apology and $20,000 each in compensation.
We also stopped in Lone Pine a small town made famous for all the films that have been made in the hills behind the town, Maverick, How The West WasWon, Lone Ranger, Rawhide, Gunga Din to name a few. We drove around the rocks and canyons along the small dirt road called Movie Road and Peter though he was riding Trigger and shooting all the bad guys hiding in the rocks!!
We had planned to stay in Death Valley but when we reached the first place it was only 1 p.m. and 110 in the shade and as there was no shade for the camper we carried on. The next place called Furnace Creek Ranch was better, there were more facilities, i.e. a bar and restaurant, pool and many many cabins which were all full. The temperature guage in the car topped 49 which is 120 and by 6 p.m. it was 100 and 9 p.m. 90. We don't have aircon in our camper but somehow we managed to sleep with just a couple of fans on. I was glad to get away from there, I am not a big fan of Death Valley and find the drive just boring down long, long straight roads and climbing through the rocks.