World’s Largest Thermometer in Baker, CA
Once again we made plans to head up to Mammoth Mountain for Bluesapalooza, the annual micro-brew blues music festival. This time we would first take a quick 3 day detour to Las Vegas to see some friends.
I ran the numbers through my head, La Jolla to Las Vegas 327 miles and Las Vegas to Mammoth Mountain 308 miles. Sounds like a good trip for the Golf TDI.
Driving through Baker, CA temperatures were in the triple digits and according to the world’s largest thermometer it was 109′ which matched the digital temperature readout of the TDI.
For this trip we splurged a bit and booked a room on the 54th floor of the Cosmopolitan with a crazy view of the Las Vegas strip. Believe it or not this hotel goes up another 6 or 7 floors.
View of the Las Vegas Strip from the Cosmopolitan
We have always wanted to check out the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop where the show Pawn Stars was filmed so we braved the 112′ heat and drove over to the Fremont district. Before you ask, no Chumlee wasn’t there.:(
Gold & Silver pawn Shop of Pawn Stars fame
After a few days in Las Vegas we jumped back in the the TDI and drove north into the desert towards Mammoth Lakes. Since we were passing through Area 51 we decided to stop at this cool little alien focused gift shop.
Area 51 in the Nevada Desert – Do you believe?
We fueled up before reaching Mammoth to be safe and averaged around 43 mpg for this part of the trip. I attribute the low average to the fact that we did a lot of in town driving around Vegas. In Mammoth we always stop at Schats Bakery to get coffee and danishes and this trip was no different.
Schat’s Bakery in Mammoth Lakes is a must stop if you like good pastries and coffee.
Twin Lakes, Mammoth Mountain
Filling up once we arrived home in Leucadia told the story; 11.975 gallons to travel 601 miles puts us at 50.2 average mpg.
11.975 gallons of diesel to travel 600 plus miles. Yeah I can live with that.