After 4 ½ years on a boat we decided to try something different; traveling by motor home. In the past we spent most of our family vacations camping all over the Western U.S., Canada and Mexico in various trailers and motor homes with our kids. As the saying goes, those were the good old’ days! When our kids left home we rented the house, and took off on a sailboat to Mexico. Now that much time has passed we have come full circle and are again in an RV. Funny how that happens!
After weeks of finishing up our rental construction project and readying a new (old) motor home, we are off and running. Just after Christmas we departed for Death Valley. What a beautiful place. It touts itself as the lowest in elevation,-282 ft. below sea level and the hottest place in America at 136 degrees farenheit. Lucky for us the weather was absolutely perfect.
We hiked and hiked and drove and drove. Death Valley is the largest National Park in our nation with lots to see. After one week we felt as though we finally had a good feel for what this place was all about. Unfortunately we let many years pass by before discovering this spot and it’s almost in our own backyard.
The highlights were the beautiful day hikes, the drive to Artist’s Palette, the Ubehebe craters, walking the Badlands (lowest point),watching our military ‘dog fight’ high above the valley floor from Dante’s View, the remote Scotty’s Castle and an unbelievable 26 mile off road drive through the mountains of Titus Canyon which made us feel very small. We camped in both Stovepipe Wells near the Mesquite Flat sand dunes, and secondly at Furnace Creek. We spent a lovely New Year’s Eve here relaxing in true beauty, enjoying great company and some very good champagne!