Death Valley National Park

Well, we left Hawaii on Wednesday the 25th after a great 2 weeks.  Travel was smooth and we were back at Kim’s uncles on Thursday the 26th.  We spent the past few days visiting and getting organized to be back on the road.  Grabbed the camper from storage, ran lots of errands, and did a lot of repacking.  We said goodbye to Gary on Sunday morning and headed out in search of our next adventure. 

Panorama from Zabriskie Point

 Our destination… Death Valley…  Believe it or not we both caught colds in Hawaii, go figure.  Our first day in Death Valley was quite productive nonetheless.  We toured many of the highlights by truck and had a good day taking in the sights in a low key fashion (practicing for when we are really retired).  Death Valley is immense.  The views are quite interesting with a dichotomy of having the lowest elevation in the western hemisphere and mountains of extreme elevations.  Other points of interest include painted canyons (Artists Drive), salt flats (Badwater Basin), a creek (Salt Creek known for an endangered species of Pupfish), sand dunes, a castle (sort of), and off road opportunities.  


Death Valley is the largest National Park in the contiguous United States.  Only Alaska has larger parks.  It also boasts having the lowest elevation in the western hemisphere at 282 feet below sea level, and being the hottest place in North America with a recorded temperature of 134 degrees in 1913 (second hottest recorded temperature in the world ever).   


Unfortunately, our campsite was less than desirable, hence no picture this time.  We would describe it as a parking lot, and not an interesting one like in Volcanoes National Park. Luckily it wasn’t too crowded so we had ample space to crank some tunes.


Happy Birthday Dad- Sorry we didn’t call but we have zero services here!



4 Responses to “Death Valley National Park”

  1. Joyce says:

    Hey you guys-I finally found a few minutes to browse through your site. I guess I missed Arizona and New Mexico. I’ve been way too busy with my new job. Actually, Katie and I are meeting in Las Vegas next Friday for a long weekend. It looks like you’re having a great time. You must be getting along well-you both look relaxed, tan and happy. Good for you. I’ll try to check in more often. Miss you.

    • admin says:

      Hey Joyce,

      Sorry you missed us too. It would be cool to meet up with you and Katie in Vegas… Which weekend? I am in Nevada, about 1 hour from Vegas right now. Not sure how long we are staying, but you never know. Things are going really well and we haven’t killed each other yet. My blood pressure is much more normal these days. I hope you are having a great year and that the new job is proving to be exciting and rewarding. I look forward to hearing about it. Miss you too.

      Love ya,

  2. Mike G says:

    Hi guys,
    Hope all is well. You look like you are having a ball. Thing here are…cold. Hey Chris, save some of that retirement to play poker when you get back. Everyone here is doing well. The kids are getting huge and are tearing up the joint. Stay well.


    • admin says:

      Hey Mike, thanks for checking in… Yeah, having a ball, how could we not 🙂 Glad to hear your clan is doing well. The kids should keep you busy for a while…keep you out of trouble. and don’t worry, I will always have enough $ for a poker game…shouldn’t need much with the way you guys play 🙂


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