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May 4, 2014 - Death Valley

Left Ridgecrest, CA to head for Las Vegas via Death Valley. Trip to the entrance was yet another interesting drive through countryside that we're not used to! Passed by Owens Lake which dried up a long time ago but used to be an important place for shipping via boat and rail to LA. Now the lake bed is just a white deposit of what I assume is salt. On through a couple mountain ranges before finally diving into Death Valley. Beautiful views all along the way. Passed through Stovepipe Wells and Furnace Creek but didn't think we needed to stop...

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2014 Southwest Trip

May 1, 2014 - Death Valley 2014

Once again I received the phone call from Grandson Jud saying "hey Gramps I've got a few days off, lets go somewhere." That was in early April nearing the end of my stint at McDowell Mountain. I gave it some thought and suggested we go to Death Valley. He agreed to that but had to back out at the last minute so I took my son, Ken, instead. We spent the first evening in the Sonoran desert just outside Quartzite, AZ and the second in a campground in Mojave National Preserve near nowhere in the So. California desert. In Needles, CA we were...

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Apr 7, 2014 - Barren But Beautiful

From Las Vegas we headed northwest to Death Valley National Park. We had been there 20 years ago and it didn’t appear that much had changed. There are beautiful vistas and also dry, barren landscapes; combined they make for a very unique experience. We stayed in a very convenient campground within walking distance to the Visitor Center, so started our visit there. The next morning we started out on a very adventurous ride, but first headed just outside the park to Beatty to fill the car up with gas – the $5.29 per gallon they were asking...

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Jan 10, 2014 - Death Valley Part 2

This is part 2 from our visit to Death Valley National Park, please be sure to see yesterday’s update for part 1. The update today covers our visit to the Badwater Basin area of the park. Badwater Basin is a basin in Death Valley National Park noted as the lowest point in North America, with an elevation of 282 feet below sea level. Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous 48 states, is only 84.6 miles to the WNW. The site itself consists of a small spring-fed pool of "bad water" next to the road in a sink; the accumulated salts...

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Jan 9, 2014 - Birthday & Death Valley N.P.

I would like to say a big “thank you” to everyone for all my birthday gifts and cards. I had a “perfect” birthday. This is part one of our trip to visit Death Valley National Park. We picked Betty up around 10:30 in the morning and drove about 120 miles to start our tour of Death Valley. I studied this huge park before our visit and decided which places we would have time to see. You could spend a week in the park and probably not see it all. They do have nice campgrounds that are reasonably priced, we were worried about taking our RV into...

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Dec 31, 2013 - Death Valley National Park, California

On December 21 we completed our 15 weeks of working ten-hour nights at the Amazon.com Fulfillment Center in Fernley, Nevada, which rests at an elevation of about 4200 feet above sea level. The last month or so were bitterly cold in Fernley with lows near zero and some days never getting above freezing, so we went through enormous quantities of propane and electricity and still dealt with a frozen water supply. Needless to say, we were eager to be on our way south to warmer climes. We arrived at Furnace Creek Campground in Death Valley...

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Sep 27, 2013 - Death Valley National Park

Today we visited Death Valley, our third National Park in four days and the largest US national park outside of Alaska. Okay, so Death Valley always conjures up the vision of flat, lifeless desert that’s extremely hot and goes on forever. NOT! Well, there are large flat areas that are incredibly hot – the hottest temperature ever recorded anywhere on earth was recorded in Death Valley: 134 degrees on July 10, 1913 at Greenland Ranch (now Furnace Creek), elevation 190 feet below sea level. But there is also at least one mountain peak in...

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May 6, 2013 - Death Valley

In the immortal words of Bob, “it’s amazing how vast nothing can be” ! It is called Death Valley for a reason! After a hair-raising drive up, over and down Daylight Pass, with brakes smoking from the 13 (!) mile steep descent, we arrived in Death Valley NP and drove to Stovepipe Wells where we stayed for the night. It is hard to describe Death Valley except to say that it is in realty not really a valley. There are 6000 ft. peaks rising on all sides and the road from Stovepipe Wells to Panamint Springs went from below sea level to 6000+...

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Apr 6, 2013 - Death Valley NP, CA

We made it to California!! Death Valley is a pretty bleak place, and I am glad we are here in April. The hottest temperature on Earth was recorded here at 130 degrees. So this is the hottest place on Earth, the lowest place in the North America at 282 ft below sea level, and with 2 inches of rainfall per year it is the dryest place in the wester hemisphere! It is about 95 degrees here now. There are some great place-names in Death Valley, like Stovepipe Village, Furnace Creek, and Badwater Basin. We had a sand storm during our third night...

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Mar 29, 2013 - Death Valley day 3

Day 3 Traveled to Furnace Creek campground and went to Borax miners museum. lots of old mining and transportation equipment. Very cool. borax mining very big in early Death Valley history . Then to Zabriskie point . Most photographs taken from this vista . Everywhere you go here is more amazing than the last. Temp very high over 32 c

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Mar 28, 2013 - Death Valley. Day 2

Day 2 Traveled to devils golf course ,salt creek where small minnow size fish still survive in salt water that flows along dessert floor, artist palette ( beautiful coloured rock formations ) and Death Valley Basin ( lowest place in America's -250 ft ) all amazing. Took about 200 photos . Death Valley is beyond belief . So much to see. Temperature about 30 c .

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Mar 27, 2013 - Death Valley

Left Ridgecrest and traveled thru Trona . isolated area . only thing going on is Borax mining. Of, 20 mule team Borax fame. We arrived at Stovepipe Wells Village in the heart of Death Valley after traveling thru high ( over 5000 ft ) mountain pass and down a long steep road to sea level .had to stop once cause brakes were overheating.. We got checked in to a campsite and then went to a place called Scottie's Castle in the northern park. Google Scottie's castle for info, about a lovable con man . Cool place in the middle of nowhere. Stopped...

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