Wednesday, November 19, 2014

On our way south & Death Valley

(Jan) Nov 3, 2014, Monday was moving day for us. For 11 1/2 weeks our home base was in the Seattle area. As the 002weather turned towards winter and our family visits ends we headed south. Overnight stops were in Canyonville, Oregon and Corning, California before staying several nights in Lodi, California at the Elks. While there we had a fun impromptu visit with fellow Boomers Lynn & Lin Ford and a great day with our sister-in-law Scarlett. It was the first time we had visited since my brother’s passing. We had a good visit and a nice walk on an area trail followed by a delicious stew for OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAdinner. It was so good to visit with her & see that she is doing well.

Our travels from there took us up over the mountains on Hwy 88 to Minden, NV to visit friends Judie and Mark at her dad’s place. We were able to park there for several days to visit them and PA300018friends Betty & Duane. While Mark took the guys fishing on Lake Tahoe, we girls had lunch in Carson City at Schat’s Bakery and on Hwy 88 at Sorensen’s. Both were very delicious and fun outing with the girls. Each evening we gathered for a little wine and one of Mark’s delicious gourmet meals.  Here’s a photo of all of us on our last morning together.unnamed



We spent one night in Hawthorne, Nevada on our way to Furnace Creek in Death Valley.  Chuck & I visited DVNP last fall on our way south and were able see Scotty’s Castle, the Ubehebe Crater and do several hikes but due to a late fall thunderstorm many of the gravel/dirt roads were closed to the remoter areas. This year our first priority was visiting the Beatty Museum, the old Ryolite gold town, and driving the Titus Canyon Road. Below are some of the photos from Tuesday’s trip with Betty & Duane.


072A Bank/Business building in Ryolite PB120106The bottle house – walls were made with bottles imbedded in cement P1240378Picnic on Red Pass on the Titus Canyon Road
IMG_20141112_141336118One of the fascinating geological formations 095Leadfield – the sign says it all (above)
Going into the narrows section Of Titus Canyon (right)

Tuesday was a down day for Chuck and I with just one outing to the Death Valley Visitors Center. They have an excellent topographical map of the park, some good exhibits and film that does a good job showing an over view of the area. The following morning we drove south with our buds to hike Natural Bridge Canyon, visit Bad Water Basin, the lowest point in North America, and drive through Artist Pallet. After lunch we drove through Twenty Mule Team Canyon and up to Dante’s View. It is amazing to see the variety of landscapes and rock formations. We finished the afternoon on the terrace of the Inn at Furnace Creek watching the sunset with a glass of wine.

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There was a nice surprise waiting for us when we got back home. New friends Mark & Patsy, whom we had met on the Washington Coast, were parked close by. We had a nice chat with them that evening and they joined us and Betty & Duane for coffee the following morning. We loved our Death Valley visit and will certainly return! One last photo to share; the sunset the first evening we were at Furnace Creek CG in Death Valley was glorious!


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