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Sep 5, 2015 - Death Valley

Today we crossed Death Valley. Although we did come across an area of sand, it was not what either of us expected. It was beautiful with color and different elevations. The lowest point in Death Valley is 282' below sea level and at times we climbed 4000 above. After dropping our camper off in Lone Pine, Ca, we walked around the town and went to Mt Whitney Portal. It was beautiful up there and I was amazed how many hikers were hiking the highest peak in Southern USA. David wanted to take the Raptor off road again. The rocks in the area look...

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Jun 4, 2015 - Death Valley national park

allo, Le réveil tot ce matin du au décalage horaire de 3 heures. Nous conduisons une Mazda 2, dont Alain a déjà réparé la lip du pare-chocs avant avec une broche. Belle journee chaude dans le parc Death Valley, jusqu'à 104 F. Le parc est très grand. Lac de sel, cailloux colorés. Nous avons vu un Fox qui contrôle la circulation... Ce soir nous dormons a Beatty au nord du parc. Impossible d'uploader les photos. Ca ressemble a un village fantôme, par contre le motel est très bien avec piscine et jaccuzi et le vin est bon ! les ânes se...

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Jun 4, 2015 - Death Valley National Park

En route vers Death Valley, un petit arrêt dans le village fantôme de Rhyolite, ville ouverte en 1904 pour l`exportation de l`or. Musée à ciel ouvert ou le charmant monsieur au desk nous joue de la flute de pan…belle extra. Arrivé à Death Valley National Park en début d`après-midi, la température affiche 40°, nous devons passés 2 nuits dans le parc mais nous sommes seul…nous demandons au Ranger pourquoi il n`y a pas personne dans le camping, il nous répond; c`est beaucoup trop chaud pour camper ici…nous nous installons quand même pour une...

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May 15, 2015 - Death Valley NP

Death Valley National Park is located in California and Nevada east of the Sierra Nevada, occupying an interface zone between the arid Great Basin and Mojave deserts. The park protects the northwest corner of the Mojave Desert and contains a diverse desert environment of salt-flats, sand dunes, badlands, valleys, canyons, and mountains. It is the largest national park in the lower 48 states and has been declared an International Biosphere Reserve. Approximately 95% of the park is a designated wilderness area. It is the hottest and driest of...

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2015 RV Adventure

May 13, 2015 - Death Valley

Took the motorhome to Top Notch Repairs this morning. After waiting for them to figure out what repairs needed to be done, we decided to drive the car to Death Valley National Park and check it out. Wow! I'm not sure what I expected, but it was not this! Another awesome adventure!!!

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2015 Southwest Trip

May 10, 2015 - Death Valley National Park

After much debate one which way to head to the Northwest (travel through Utah and see all the beautiful parks in the southern part, go to Lake Tahoe in Northern Nevada, or up California). We decided to do the latter and go up through California. One night in Death Valley is all we could handle! It is a huge National Park (lots of nothing!)... so if you ever visit- make sure you have a full tank of gas and a car with good air conditioning! Unfortunately, we didn't have any air conditioning in our camper.... or electricity for a fan, so it...

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Our Road Trip

May 2, 2015 - Death Valley, CA - Furnace Creek CG

We drove to Pair-A-Dice, a SKP park, in Pahrump, NV to check in for the night. Unfortunately the office was closed for the weekend, so we headed to Death Valley. Our first stop, Dantes View, 5475 ft…wow. We should have had lunch there…a camp chair and sandwiches would have been great with the view. Our next stop…Zabriskie Pt. I walk the 100 ft to the viewing area. It was 100 degrees and the view was not as good. We then headed to the Furnace Creek visitor center. The ranger gave us some maps and directed us to the Furnace Creek CG with...

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Apr 21, 2015 - It's A Killer, Alright...

Death Valley began as a National Monument in 1933 and didn't receive National Park status until 1994. It is the largest National Park in the lower 48 States and the hottest and driest of America's National Parks. (Denali National Park in Alaska is the largest). We arrived in Death Valley just as their “off-season” began, April 16th and only Furnace Creek Campground – in the Furnace Creek area - was still open. It has been 6 years since we last visited Death Valley National Park. There have been several fantastic changes to the park. Happily...

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Apr 20, 2015 - Death Valley National Park (3,102,456 acres)

Death Valley National Park will give you the chance to experience some of nature's extremes. We have experienced 121 degrees on Artist Drive with a temperature drop to 73 degrees as we climbed the mountains leaving the park. We have witnessed landscape so dry that you would think nothing could live there and in less than an hours time watched rain water that fell in the mountains flow across desert washes and cover parts of the road. The extremes in the park have also given us the chance to drive to the lowest point in North America, Bad...

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Mar 12, 2015 - Panamint Mountain Range

Thursday, March 12: Death Valley NP, California Route: CA-190 West → Darwin Falls → US-190 East → Emigrant Canyon Road → Wildrose Canyon Weather: 60F in the clear, dry, breezy morning with a high of 94F by afternoon Trip Average Gas Mileage: 27.0mpg dropping to 26.7mpg going up over two passes, then recovering Highlights: - driving the winding road over Towne Pass (4956ft) to Panamint Springs - the cool hike to Darwin Falls - driving the winding, dippy road over Emigrant Pass (5318Ft) to Wildrose Canyon - seeing Hornet fighter planes...

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Three USA Deserts

Mar 11, 2015 - Badwater and more canyons

Wednesday, March 11: Death Valley NP, California Route: CA-190 East → Badwater Road Weather: 60F in the morning, cloudy and cool with a few rain drops; warming to 81F eventually. Trip Average Gas Mileage: 27.0mpg with the mostly flat, slow roads in Death Valley Highlights: - Walking out onto the Badwater Salt Flats, the lowest point in North America - hiking and rock scrambling up a canyon past the Natural Bridge - colourful views of rock formations along the Artist's Drive one-way loop road - hiking and rock scrambling up Golden...

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Mar 10, 2015 - Sand Dunes and Canyons

Tuesday, March 10: Death Valley NP, California Route: CA-190 West Weather: 50F in the morning, warming to 86F with increasing clouds in the afternoon Trip Average Gas Mileage: 26.7mpg with the mostly flat, slow roads in Death Valley Highlights: - trudging through the Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes for a view from the tallest dune - hiking and rock scrambling up Mosaic Canyon to the solid wall at the end - seeing pupfish living in water flowing from Salt Creek - getting some downtime to rinse clothes and read for a few hours Hubby woke me...

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Three USA Deserts

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