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Jan 17, 2016 - Hanging out in Shoshone

Had a relaxing sunday today.Slept in this morning and then this afternoon took a drive to a family owned and operated date farm called China Ranch. To get to the ranch we drove through Amargosa Canyon and we were very surprised when we turned the last bend to find the lush landscape in the middle of the Mojave desert. The mature trees were full of dates. We learned the date palm is the oldest known cultivated tree crop dating back to at least 6,000 BC. China Ranch grows several different varieties of dates and they had a sample bar to try...

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Jan 16, 2016 - Death Valley Day Two

We spent the second day in Death Valley today. Our first stop was Badwater Basin. It is the lowest point in North America and is a surreal landscape of vast salt flats. It is 282 feet below sea level. Next stop the Natural Bridge.Then the Devils Golf Course.Crystallized salts composed the jagged formations.On to Artists Drive -a scenic loop drive through multi-hued volcanic and sedimentary rock. The highlight is Artists Palette-a multicolored hillside of red,browns,greens and yellows,all the result of the oxidation or alteration of minerals...

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Jan 15, 2016 - Death Valley

Today we went exploring in Death Valley National Park.It covers 3 million acres and is the hottest, driest and lowest of our national parks.It holds the record for the hottest air temp at 124 degrees. Average rain fall is less than 2 inches with some years of 0 rain.Badwater basin in the heart of the valley is 282 ft below sea level- the lowest point in North America. The weather today was 68 and mostly sunny,wonderful for hiking! We took our truck thru a rugged,beautiful back country drive called Titus Canyon-taking almost 4 hours. I took...

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Jan 8, 2015 - Driving to Death Valley

Using a hotel coupon and a player's club special, we were able eat at the breakfast buffet for 11 cents...total. The player's club price I think was cheaper than normal, and using the 2 for 1 coupon made the price $15.11. However, the hotel gave us $15 credit in their restaurants, so the outstanding bill was 11 cents, which since I had to charge the bill to our room, I had to pay at the desk at checkout. (A dime and a penny to settle accounts.) I've had some good deals, but except for a completely comp'd meal, this one will be hard to...

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Vegas & Death Valley

Nov 17, 2014 - Furnace Creek Ranch

We left Panamint Springs and drove to Furnace Creek. I thought our reservations were for the state park, but I messed up and got us a spot at Furnace Creek Ranch, ran by Xanterra. The spots are ok, nothing fancy. Good AT&T cell signal and good free wifi access. But, we were happy to find the pool, which was heated to about 84 degrees and the air temp was 80 degrees. We swam for about 1 1/2 hours.

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Feb 17, 2014 - Grapevine

Dinner at the Furnace Creek inn was NOT good although the ambience was lovely. Bob had a duck pate with blueberry confit and we both had rib-eye steaks. The duck was tasteless and the meat was very tough and also tasteless. They offered to bring us other meals but we declined as we already were half through our wine. We enjoyed being there just not the meal!!! Partly cloudy day. Heading north for about 60 miles to Scotty’s Castle (Death Valley Ranch) and the Ubehebe Crater, both of which are curiosities in the Death Valley. They are...

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2014 Death Valley

Feb 16, 2014 - Furnace Creek, CA

February 16, 2014 Very clear morning and a bit warmer. Met Bryan and Rebecca our tent neighbors from SF who moonlight as part of a world traveling band playing music in the genre of the Doors, Kinks. Had lots of fun talking about outdoor experiences and learned about laser beams for guiding your bike in SF and cyclist airbags. That said, Bob had to show them how to set up and use their grill! Took a bike ride around to other camp areas, all of which seemed nicer and less expensive than where we are. What we figured for the National Park did...

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2014 Death Valley

Feb 15, 2014 - Furnace Creek, CA

February 15, 2014 Slept like rocks! Grabbed some coffee in the club house and were on our way to Manzanar, one of 10 Japanese internment camps during WWII. Over 10,000 people, 2/3 of which were under 18 years old and most were US citizens were confined after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Manzanar. We were fortunate to be at the interpretive center when a historian was giving a talk about the internment centers as a part of the annual remembrance day. No cameras were allowed in the camps so the only precious pictures were taken...

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2014 Death Valley

Oct 28, 2012 - Lowest, Driest, Hottest

Death Valley - by definition At 282 feet below sea level it’s the lowest point on the North American Continent, at less than 2 inches of rainfall per year it’s the driest place in America, and at 134 degrees Fahrenheit it holds the record for being the hottest place on the planet! And still it is a place of ethereal beauty, and a magnet that draws tourists from all over the world. At the end of October Death Valley is relatively comfortable. Daytime temperatures seldom exceed the mid 90’s and the nights are cool. Best of all there are fewer...

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Jan 22, 2010 - Running from the law

Jan 23 What we thought was going to be a few days in the park went bad early in the morning. When we got in last the night we circled the camp looking for a spot to camp and couldn’t find one. The Ranger was out until 4:30. We went back to the park entrance to wait for “Mr. Ranger Sir” as Yogi Bear would call him. He gave us a list of sites and said pick one. We could only find one site that was close to large enough for the escape module. So.... we improvised a little and backed in on the wrong side of the site boundary. Now “Mr. Ranger...

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Jan 21, 2010 - Indian Cove

Jan. 22 Indian Cove Leaving Barstow again but this time going south. Stopped in Yucca and bought a generator and some groceries. Yucca is the gateway into Joshua Tree National Park. This park features very interesting geological formations decorated with Joshua trees. The countryside is littered with” jijantic, garmungus” stacks and piles of bolders. Made camp in the park

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Jan 20, 2010 - Out of the furnace and into the Freezer

Jan 21 Rained most of the night, the power went off at around 8pm and never came back on before we left. Getting the heck out of town before they figure out it was Rosy's hair blower that took all of Death Valley. Leaving Furnace Creek destination Mesquite Creek. The road to Mesquite has washed out and is closed. We rerouted to Panamint Springs and over the mountains, sadly leaving the desert. Things turned nasty, heavy snow. Six inches or more, slick roads for the next 5 hours. Made it back to Barstow and Shady Lane campsite. Still...

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