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My Adventure in Death Valley

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Re: My Adventure in Death Valley
« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2008, 08:17:27 PM »
Pictures like these always give me more reason to keep on fulltiming in my trailer.  There are many places to visit that need our type of folks to appreciate them.  I got to spend only 6 hours in Death Valley last year during the "winter" and it is worth the trip. From what a ranger told me planning your trip for less crowded times is very worthwhile. It is on my travel "bucket list".

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Re: My Adventure in Death Valley
« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2008, 08:18:28 PM »
Friends don't let friends shoot JPEGs

If it doesn't stick you, sting you, or bite you, then it must be a rock.

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Re: My Adventure in Death Valley
« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2008, 08:38:49 PM »

Badwater is the lowest spot on the continent, being 282 feet below sea level at the lowest spot. That's salt there on the ground, not snow :-)




You just can't get much lower than that!

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Re: My Adventure in Death Valley
« Reply #18 on: March 13, 2008, 09:41:41 PM »
Quote from: East Texan
You are never lost if you don't care where you are going.

More importantly, if you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there.
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Re: My Adventure in Death Valley
« Reply #19 on: March 13, 2008, 10:09:46 PM »
We love Death Valley almost as much as BIBE. Been there on a few different occassions. Got lots of interesting stories from there. Like BIBE, getting on the outback roads is a real blast. Tea Kettle Junction and the Racetrack were some of the most interesting. Wind at Ubehebie Crater almost knocked us down trying to walk. And just like BIBE, it isn't that crowded in the summer ;)
Robert

There's always the mostly unknown ghost town at Ibex Spring, inside the east edge of the park and not too far from Shoshone. It's a LONG walk across BLM designated wilderness and the NPS sure doesn't advertise it. Remarkably intact and unstabilized...not the kind of ghost town most get to see.
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Re: My Adventure in Death Valley
« Reply #20 on: March 14, 2008, 10:21:56 AM »
Woa !!...what a great thread this is getting to be. I had never seen a wagon that big......very cool place, ok...not very cool from what iread, actually very hot place......kind of like....here !!
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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Re: My Adventure in Death Valley
« Reply #21 on: March 14, 2008, 11:52:38 AM »
Exquisite photos!

We spent a day and a half out there while driving back from Yosemite in July a few days ago. We spent a Friday night at the Thorndike CG up in the Panamints with temperatures in the upper 70's and the entire campground to ourselves. A beautiful PJ forest. Drove down to the Furnace Creek Visitor's Center the following day where the temperature was 114 at 10 o'clock. From there we stopped at Badwater before heading on to Flagstaff for the night.

It really whet my appetite to return with more time and a 4WD.

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Re: My Adventure in Death Valley
« Reply #22 on: March 14, 2008, 01:11:31 PM »

I really wish we could have visited the Racetrack, but it wasn't feasible to do in the workshop with so many people. I should have scheduled a few extra days by myself and rented a 4x4 (I heard the road down there is pretty bad). Maybe next time...

We asked the employees at Stovepipe Wells about the summer. They said it's mostly Germans who come out to enjoy the 120+ heat. Sort of a macho thing... they like to brag that they've been to such a place in those conditions.


Yep, there were tons of Germans around when we've been visiting. My most memorable thing about the first trip out there was driving out from the LA area and it was dark before I got to Victorville. Took the southern route in in the pitch black down this long flat two lane (almost like coming into BIBE down 385 without the hills). Hit a campground just outside the park and threw up the tent around midnight. Wake up and see these magnificent mountains surrounding me that I wasn't able to notice driving in as it had been so flat. It was like waking up in another world.

Racetrack road wasn't that bad when we went, just washboarded. I'd say Blackgap is rougher. Now I understand that if you go past the racetrack (we didn't have the time) you can get on some fun rough road (and there are several hot springs back that way).

Robert
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Re: My Adventure in Death Valley
« Reply #23 on: March 14, 2008, 01:14:24 PM »

There's always the mostly unknown ghost town at Ibex Spring, inside the east edge of the park and not too far from Shoshone. It's a LONG walk across BLM designated wilderness and the NPS sure doesn't advertise it. Remarkably intact and unstabilized...not the kind of ghost town most get to see.

I've heard of Ibex Spring, but never made it there. Rhyloite is pretty cool for a ghost town, but a little too touristy for my taste. We did have fun photographing some of the decaying buildings there. It is amazing that that large of a town (with somewhat modern construction) could just be abandoned and left to rot.

Robert
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Re: My Adventure in Death Valley
« Reply #24 on: March 14, 2008, 02:40:02 PM »
sweet pics, TJ.  I love the Death Valley, also.  We were there in December and took the afternoon/evening photo lecture.  Also spent time at the Racetrack (17 degrees overnight, brrrrr chilly). Climbed Ubehebe Peak, wandered Death Valley wash to near Bighorn Gorge, climbed up canyons on Artist Drive and ended in Mosaic Canyon.  Side trip to the Opera House was a treat.   Wanna go back and climb Wildrose or Telescope Peak someday and see the 10,000 year old bristlecone pines. 

racetrack playa does not require 4X4, it does require patience and stamina-26 miles at 10 mph max.  although i have seen rental vehicles taking it much faster.  If you have trouble, it's about $1200 for a tow.

forgive my indulgence:

here are racetrack rocks


my batteries froze just after this shot


looking north racetrack valley from Ubehebe Peak trail


pretty princess walks across devil's racetrack playa







« Last Edit: March 14, 2008, 02:44:03 PM by sleepy »
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Re: My Adventure in Death Valley
« Reply #25 on: March 14, 2008, 02:56:25 PM »
I've heard of Ibex Spring, but never made it there. Rhyloite is pretty cool for a ghost town, but a little too touristy for my taste. We did have fun photographing some of the decaying buildings there. It is amazing that that large of a town (with somewhat modern construction) could just be abandoned and left to rot.

Rhyolite is certainly one of the easiest-accessed towns and rather stunning because of the large building remains. The old bank building is frequently seen in ads featuring a ghost town theme.

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Re: My Adventure in Death Valley
« Reply #26 on: July 17, 2008, 04:40:33 PM »
Speaking of the Racetrack, here's a cool pano compliments of APOD

(click for full-size version)

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Re: My Adventure in Death Valley
« Reply #27 on: July 17, 2008, 07:21:18 PM »
Very cool TJ!
Half the battle is just getting to places like BB or DV. The other half is knowing how to capture the vistas presented to you. Great job on both counts!!

I love that pic RicahrdM! I was looking at it Monday.
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Re: My Adventure in Death Valley
« Reply #28 on: July 21, 2008, 01:13:56 PM »
Very cool TJ!
Half the battle is just getting to places like BB or DV. The other half is knowing how to capture the vistas presented to you. Great job on both counts!!


Thanks!  :icon_biggrin:

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Re: My Adventure in Death Valley
« Reply #29 on: August 14, 2010, 08:17:04 AM »
The whiz kids of NASA try to figure out what drives the rocks at the racetrack.

http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/roving-rocks.html

 


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