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" with all of the luggage and extras (pillow, blankets, bags, purses, etc.) that we had to take with us on the trip. Not knowing what the weather was going to be like throughout the 9 states we were going to travel through made for luggage stuffed beyond its limits.