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Mar 9, 2015 - Death Valley National Park

About Death Valley National Park: The native Timbisha Shoshone people were puzzled when pioneers named their ancestral homeland 'Death Valley'. The tribe had lived here comfortably for as far back as their oral history could recount. They hunted the animals, used the plants for food and medicine, knew where the reliable water sources were and built homes uniquely suited for this hot place. When the heat became uncomfortable the Timbisha Shoshone would move to the Panamint Mountains. Their way of life was forever altered by mining and...

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Three USA Deserts

Mar 9, 2015 - Red Rock Canyon to Death Valley

Monday, March 9: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, (Nevada) to Death Valley NP (California) Route: NV-160 → Bell Vista Ave → State Line Rd → CA-127N → CA-190W climbing through Nevada's Spring Mountains at Mountain Spring Pass (5502ft) Weather: 45F in the morning, warming to 93F and clear all day with very little wind Trip Average Gas Mileage: 26.4mpg improving to 26.7mpg with the mostly flat, slow roads in Death Valley Highlights: - finding good grocery choices in Pahrump, NV - dropping below sea level in Death Valley - hiking...

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Three USA Deserts

Nov 11, 2014 - Alabama Hills, CA - Exploring Alabama Hills

(Ron Writing) We awoke to a beautiful clear sunny morning but by noon quite a few clouds moved in. This morning we did a little hiking and climbing around the hills beside our house. The Alabama Hills are full of beautiful and sometimes strange and unusual rock formation that have that iconic wild-west look we always saw in western movies. Later we packed a lunch and drove on some of the dirt roads that wind around in Alabama Hills. We had a brochure that tried to tell us how to find locations where various famous movie scenes were filmed...

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Nov 10, 2014 - Alabama Hills Recreation Lands, CA - Alabama Hills

(Ron Writing) We packed up to leave this morning and then stopped by Steve and Nancy to say goodbye. Nancy was off to the post office but we said goodbye to Steve and Ed. Then we had about an hour wait at the dump station. From there we headed west on H-190 over the Panamint Range. At Dolomite it changed to H-136 which heads northwest to 395 near Lone Pine. The drive was beautiful but the highway has long stretches of very steep grades. We stopped by the Father Crowley Point lookout. We ate our lunch there and then went for a one mile walk...

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Nov 9, 2014 - Death Valley NP, CA - '49ers Encampment

(Ron Writing) We have visited Death Valley NP several times in the last 35 years and have seen many of the sights in this huge park. This time we took the drive through Titus Canyon but other than that we mostly stayed in the Furnace Creek area and just relaxed and enjoyed the Encampment. The park has over 3 million acres making it the largest National Park in the lower 48 states. Many areas of the park are very remote but in these remote seldom-visited areas there is a lot of beautiful scenery, dozens of old ghost towns, hundreds of old...

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Nov 4, 2014 - Death Valley National Park - '49ers Encampment

(Ron Writing) I’m getting way behind on keeping this journal updated again. My excuse is that we have been in Death Valley National Park where the cell service is very marginal. When we were last here in 2010 there was no way to get the cell modem to connect to the internet so we depended on WiFi at the visitor center and that was very slow and often just not working. This year we are able to get a non-Verizon signal that allows us to get on the internet but with the event taking place there are so many people here trying to use it that it...

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Nov 1, 2014 - Shaken, but not broken

Today was Jeep day. We rented a Jeep Rubicon for a trip to the Racetrack. It's an area that requires nearly 30 miles of off-road travel to get there. Before getting to the Racetrack, we stopped at Scotty's Castle. It's a villa in the northern part of Death Valley that was named after a gold prospector named Walter E. Scott. He built it, but never owned it. Death Valley Scotty as he was known convinced Chicago millionaire, Albert Johnson to invest in his gold mine in Death Valley. Scotty was a con man as well as a prospector. When Johnson...

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2014 Cross Country 2

Oct 31, 2014 - Trip to Badwater

We ventured out along Badwater Road today to Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America. Along the way we stopped at Golden Canyon, a half-mile hike up the canyon along a trail that leads to a rock formation called the Red Cathedral. The canyon gets it's name from the golden colored rock that form its walls. There used to be a paved trail through the canyon, but it was washed out in 1976 and never replaced. There are remnants of the pavement along the way to Red Cathedral. After finishing our walk through Golden Canyon, we headed...

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2014 Cross Country 2

Oct 30, 2014 - Getting Oriented

When the sun rose in Death Valley, we were surprised at the stark, barren landscape since we drove in when it was dark last night. Today was a day for getting oriented and planning the next couple of days. There's lots to see in Death Valley. I had to go to the Post Office here in Furnace Creek Ranch to pick up my absentee ballot for the elections next week and the reimbursement check for my broken iPad replacement. I need to mail out the ballot in the morning. I wouldn't miss an election. Before heading to the Visitors Center we had a...

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2014 Cross Country 2

Oct 29, 2014 - How Low Can We Go?

We departed the crowded area of California and headed out to the desert, but not without tagging another Camping World. It was time for Winnie to get an oil change. On the way to Camping World, we were on a ramp to the 5 that merged into one lane. I had a big rig on my right and slightly behind me. Unknown to me, I apparently bumped his mirror and when he slid up next to me he was shaking his fist. I though he wanted to go ahead of me so I stopped and waved him on, but all he did was yell and shake his fist. I waved back (I used my whole...

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2014 Cross Country 2

Aug 24, 2014 - Death Valley National Park

Ken shot sunset the evening we arrived then sunrise the next morning in and among the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. In the afternoon, we drove down to Devil's Golf Course (several football fields of land covered with beach ball size masses of salt crystals) , and then Badlands Basin (lowest point in the U. S. - 250 ft below sea level). From there, we drove Artists's Road, stopping at several viewpoints including Artist's Palette (the minerals leaching out of the rocks have stained surrounding rocks. The colors are beautiful.)

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2014 Western Trip

Jun 17, 2014 - 134 F ?

Most amazing day! I always had a perception of sand dunes forever ...but Death Valley.is just that .. a wonderful valley surrounded by mountains....beauties Badwater basin is lowest point in us A great start to the day . We then drove to Palm Springs for the night

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