Furnace Creek Inn

Beautiful setting.  This is the luxury resort lodging in Death Valley National Park.  Not exactly a campground.  Originally built in 1927, it still looked pretty swanky in 2009.  I stayed in a more modest section of the park, resembling an upscale trailer court. This Four Diamond rated resort will be renovated in late 2018.  So, obviously … Continue reading Furnace Creek Inn

Hanging On

Death Valley is one of my favorite national parks.  By its very name, one thinks of a barren wasteland where nothing can survive. One of my very first blogs had this picture as part of my "story" on Death Valley National Park (click here). This is my 600th blog and I'm still "hanging on". Thought … Continue reading Hanging On

Too Much Water

One extreme to the next.  Either there is too much water, like the Colorado rains of Biblical proportions, or never enough water, like in Death Valley, California. It's been raining along the eastern slope of the Rockies, from Boulder to Colorado Springs, for the last 7-10 days.  Heavy rains, like gully washers on steroids.  Half … Continue reading Too Much Water

Gone But Not Forgotten

Death Valley, California Rhyolite, California is a ghost town in the northeast part of Death Valley National Park.  There are several ghost towns within the vast boundaries of the park, but Rhyolite is noted for its still-standing structures, one of which still has  part of the second story intact.  The famous "bottle house" is located … Continue reading Gone But Not Forgotten

Death Valley National Park

My wife was reading an article about Death Valley in the Travel section of the local newspaper.   She said, "Let's go see Death Valley!"     I was not interested.   "Why?", I asked, "There's nothing there but heat and desolation".   This is how I pictured Death Valley, but without the snow capped Panamint Mountains in the … Continue reading Death Valley National Park