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Jan 14, 2017 - Death Valley Days

We continued our drive south. We had all kinds of weather, a little mist, a little sunshine, a little rain, even a little snow. We drove to Death Valley National Park and stayed at Sunset Campground, near Furnace Creek Resort. There are no hookups here but we manage fine without them for a few days. We spent a day driving around. We went to the Harmony Borax Works. Borax was processed from the ore here by several boing baths at 120 degrees that precipitated it out. It was much cheaper to ship out Borax concentrate than all the rock it takes...

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Oct 13, 2016 - Death Valley CA

The drive from Beatty to Furnace Creek was supposed to be a grueling 45 minute trip but it turned into an almost 2 hour endeavor thanks to waiting in line for fuel and an ill-timed call from Citi Visa about a purchase from September 22nd. Seriously? On October 12th you call about a possible fraudulent purchase from almost 3 weeks ago? Kind of defeats the purpose doesn’t it? Dear Citi Visa; don’t ever do that again… Anyway, by 12:30 we were all set up and after chomping down some Subway sandwiches we took off about 90 minutes east of the...

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Mar 19, 2016 - More of Death Valley

Taking some time off from the fun at Mesa Regal RV Resort to finish up the journal from Death Valley. It is hard to find time...there is so much to do here! Our typical day starts at around 7 am to play Pickleball, then swim laps and finally get ready for the day; the afternoon is a bit too hot to play, so it's back to the pool....well maybe some pool volleyball, then happy hour and dinner. After dinner there is usually a dance or maybe more pickleball, or swimming or bocce ball; and finally cards. Its a tough life, but someone has to live...

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Mar 19, 2016 - Final Death Valley Entry

The diversity of Death Valley still amazes me! At the northern end of DV there is evidence of recent volcanic activity...well, some what recent. The big crater shown here exploded about 1000 years ago. It isn't a typical volcano, but is called Maar Volcano...it has no cone. What happens is the magma heats the groundwater and the pressure from the steam builds up until it explodes. This particular explosion sent volcanic debris over 6 square miles an 150 deep! The day we went there was cold, rainy and VERY windy. The winds were easily gale...

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Mar 14, 2016 - Hiking Death Valley

We hiked and hiked in DV. I actually wore out the soles of my hiking boots! While we are here in Mesa AZ, I have to go over to REI and buy new boots before we head into Utah. Darwin Falls DV is certainly a land of extremes. Badwater Basin is 282 feel below sea level and it's water undrinkable because of all the salt. Darwin Falls is in the western edge of DV, around an elevation of 5000', and is a year-round desert stream. The stream is actually the water supply source for a little cluster of houses and campsites called Panamint...

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Mar 14, 2016 - Death Valley Wildflowers!

Death Valley is the driest place in North America, normally only averaging 2 inches of rain a year. So, when they receive rain it can be both a blessing and a curse. This past October DV experienced a very hard rain that ranged from 1.3 inches in the southern part and 3 inches in the northern part. The flash flooding was so severe, it closed many park roads for months and parts of Scotty's Castle were filled with mud and sand and the road was completely washed out. But...the rain has allowed for the largest display of wildflower the park...

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Mar 4, 2016 - world's lowest golf course

Death Valley was placed on the itinerary list while we were still at home and research gave us the impression that we could easily spend five days here in the largest national park in the lower 48. But when we booked a campsite we could only get three days. After we got here we realized that there are a very small number of sites with full hook-ups, but plenty of sites that can't be reserved. By then we had made subsequent reservations and had to move on. But after a low key week in Pahrump we found ourselves with a few extra days and Death...

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Feb 1, 2016 - elevation conundrum

After a few weeks of bright blue skies and fairly warm temperatures, the weather forecasters began warning about an approaching cold front and rain. We’re learned that when we are in the southwestern desert, rain and cold are relative terms, so we weren’t too concerned until we began to see winter weather advisories for snow and high winds. When you are driving your house down the road, getting slammed by wind gusts is no fun. It was mild where we were at Lake Mead and we were headed to Death Valley, which is 200 feet below sea level and...

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Jan 26, 2016 - Calico Ghost Town and Return Home.

It was only a 3 hours drive to get to Calico Ghost Town from Tecopa. We have been here before but we didn't want to drive all the way back to Lake San Marcos in one day. The Calico Ghost Town is now a tourist stop, with 256 RV and camping sites. We came last year and the place was almost booked up. This time it was much quieter. Calico is nestled in a quiet canyon, and Calico's history is as rich as the silver ore taken out of the mountains. The mountains were named Calico on account of the great variety of colors of its soil. We took the...

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Jan 25, 2016 - Depart Death Valley Return to Tecopa

We are sad to leave this amazing place today. You have to enjoy seeing lots of mountains and the geology of rocks to really enjoy Death Valley. But the beauty is like nothing you see anywhere else. There isn’t much wildlife but we did see 4 ravens, 1 kangaroo rat, 3 coyotes, 2 eagles, and 1 lizard. I think that is more than most people see. We will defiantly come back, maybe some March when the wild flowers are in bloom. Jan was perfect since there weren’t many people here and March starts to get a bit busy. RVing is perfect for us. At $39...

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Jan 24, 2016 - Darwin Falls and Kilns

I think Sun Jan 24 was our best adventure day. The weather was hot 70F so we were dressed in shorts,light tops and our vest. We were headed for Darwin Falls 50 miles away, past the town of Panamint Springs. Panamint Springs is the entry way into Death Valley coming West from Lone Pine. Panamint Springs is pretty bare with only a restaurant and bar, camping sites in the sand and a gas station. We saw three cheeky coyotes siting on a hill beside the road. I guess they have learned how to beg for food, if you are brave enough to feed them. We...

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Jan 23, 2016 - Our 34th Wedding Aniversary

On Friday (Jan 22) we played golf again to see if we could improve our scores. It didn't happen but it was fun. I decided that I needed a day off so we went back to our comfortable RV and rested for the rest of the day. Later that night we went to the Furnace Creek museum. This was very much worth the visit. The people years ago were very handy at building machinery that ran only by mules, no electricity. Today (Jan 23) is our 34th year wedding anniversary. I am spending the morning updating this journal while Graham watches TV on the...

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