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Feb 27, 2020 - Death Valley Day Trippers

Our trip from Wyoming, to Reno, NV was going to take us near a national park we always wanted to visit, but didn't have the time: Death Valley. We figured it might be worth a stopover of a day or two in Beatty, NV to get a peek... What the hell, it was the right time of year to visit (winter), and we had some time to kill. What we weren't really prepared for, (as is the case in many national parks) was the great distance between points. It was a 48-mile drive just to get to the Furnace Creek visitor center from Beatty! We then decided to...

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Feb 16, 2020 - Family Time in Death Valley

After our glorious 3 weeks along the Central Coast we did a small detour so Dennis could take care of a couple appointments at the VA in Long Beach. We stayed 5 days at our favorite campground in Southern California, Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach. An added bonus was that I got to visit a longtime friend, Carole. Carole and I have known each other since elementary school and glad we got to spend an hour together chatting while we hiked the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. I didn’t include it in our last journal entry but we had to put down our...

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New Adventures 2020

Oct 1, 2019 - Death Valley

Into the Valley of Death Day 27 This morning I am reliably informed that it is Vin Diesel not Van Diesel (I really hadn't a clue who he is). Anyhow now that's cleared up we're off to Death Valley. We pack the car with food and plenty of water and set off to travel over the state border into California. Just before we reach Death Valley Junction we come across a little hamlet called Amargosa (it is miles from anywhere on desert roads). There is a motel and believe it or not an Opera House built in Adobe style. Apparently a resident artist...

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May 5, 2019 - Death Valley

Packed up my car and head off to Death Valley driving up highway 95 to Beatty then coming into Death Valley from the north end. A stop first in the ghost town of Rhyolite built in 1905 and by 1920 most people had left the town. Then on to Death Valley lots of wild flowers blooming along the road until the top of Daylight Pass then it got very hot and dry. Checked out Stovepipe Wells and the Devils cornfield than a walk around the Sand Dunes. A stop at the Furnace Creek visitor center before heading out of the park toward Death Valley...

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Another adventure

Mar 26, 2019 - The Ranch at Death Valley

One of the few working ranches within the actual boundaries of Death Valley. Today it's a place for city slickers to pretend to ne cowboys, enjoy nature, even play a round of golf, and camp under the start in a tent. If needed, for travelers like me, there is a RV park across the road.

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Mar 24, 2019 - Death Valley Junction

This location had a thriving past, to include an opera house, hotel, and everything essential for a city to be prominent. I have heard that the opera house had a hand painting on the walls, which took 4 years. When complete, Marta Becket, the artist, and dancer, looked at the ceiling and started for the next two years to paint. My only regret this trip, is that I couldn't get to tour it and photograph it too. Marta did dance and pantomime for her patrons. I will put it on my bucket list to return for the opera house tour, in the future.

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Mar 24, 2019 - Badwater Salt Flats

Last stop of the day, sun getting lower, and this is the lowest place in the northern hemisphere. My car GPS. actually read -313 ft, about 18 feet down the road. Water salt here is 4 times higher then the oceans of the world. When farmers were moving their cattle across, many cattle died because they wouldn't drink the water.

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Jan 15, 2019 - B.S.-This Ain't No Sea Story

After a fun few days in Bakersfield on the 178 along the Kern River and Lake Isabella. Yes, it was a few miles longer but gorgeous scenery! After driving the winding roads of the 178 we came to the 395 which runs between the Sierra Nevada and Panamint Mountains. After we made our turn on Olancha there is a LONG stretch of highway before you begin one of your two ascents and descents into Death Valley. We were reminiscing about a previous trip from this direction where two fighter jets passed over us perpendicularly, what a sight! We were...

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Sep 16, 2018 - Day One

We started out leaving Paso and headed for Death Valley. Our plan was to visit with TJ and Allie, and to pick up Armando & Ismene. Our trip hit a bit of a snag early when we got pulled over by a National Park Ranger for speeding through Stovepipe Wells. He was kind enough to let us go with a warning, and we gratefully continued on. It was a toasty 100+ degrees when we reached the Furnace Creek Resort. We were able to see TJ & Allie hard at work, and give Allie a belated birthday gift. Then began the comical process of playing "Travel Jenga"...

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Montana 2018

Oct 24, 2017 - Visit Death Valley NP Sites, 5 Bars with AT&T and A Ball Was Found

October 24 – Visit Death Valley NP Sites, 5 Bars with AT&T and A Ball Was Found We got up late since Martha had had her early breakfast at 5 AM when she had to go out to relieve herself and had some of her newly crafted food as a ‘cookie’. Martha has been having digestive issues for weeks even with cooked hamburger. So, Kathleen found an InstantPot recipe for dog food that consists of chicken thighs, peas, carrots and brown rice, spinach, egg shells. Martha loves it and now her stool is firm. As a side note, at 5 AM the black sky was full...

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Oct 23, 2017 - Travel to Death Valley National Park

October 23 – Travel to Death Valley National Park We had a 6.5-hour drive today from the Fault to 200’ below sea level where it feels like a convection oven with the 98F air blowing strong. We had many long inclines and the last hour was against a 20 MPH head wind when 4th gear was used. You can view the photos to see the terrain and scrub vegetation and long straight roads. We are camping at the park's Furnace Creek Campground. Our large campsite is a pull-through with power, water and sewer dump but no shade. In the morning we will tour...

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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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