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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 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 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 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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Jan 21, 2016 - Canyons, Dantes View, and Zabriskie Point

We got an early start this morning (10:30) since we had lots to see today. Twenty-Mule Team canyon was our first stop but because of the recent rains the road was closed. We were disappointed but knew we could find other things to see. Later that night we visited the Twenty Mule team museum and saw many of the tools and equipment they used at the mine. From 1883 to 1889, ten thousand tons of borax was hauled out of Death Valley in great wagons. Each team pulled two wagons and a water tank that together weighed more than 36 tons. They...

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Jan 20, 2016 - Golfing, Salt Creek, Cornfield and Dunes

Golfing at sea level is a bit different. You have to up one club, so they say. We found the Furnace Creek Golf Course very enjoyable. It was a pleasant 67F and the course was not bad. We only saw one other couple behind us, so we didn't have to rush. The course rating/slope for White = 68.6/115 and Red=66.0/109 so it only took 3 hours to play. In 1927 a 3 hole course was created, then expanded in 1931 to nine holes. It was the first grass course in the CA desert region. 1968 nine more holes were added and in 1997 Perry Dye redesigned the...

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Jan 19, 2016 - Off Road Adventure to Leadfield

Today was an Off Road Adventure day. We headed West on Hwy 190 and turned left on the Beatty cutoff past Hells Gate and on to Daylight Pass Road. We crossed the Nevada border (Sea Level) and turned left on Titus Canyon Road, a one-way, bumpy, dirty, wash-board road that you had to have a four wheel drive and the driver had to have experience in handling steep narrow road, which lucky for me Graham does. There was no turning back! We were headed 26 miles to an old ghost town called Leadfield. The road crossed the Grapevine Mountains at Red...

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