We spent a bit of today working on our plans from here to San Diego at Christmas. A stop at the visitor's center sent us up route 190 toward Death Valley National Park. The Ranger said part of the road was a bit "down" and another section was a bit "up" but she thought we wouldn't have a problem taking the motorhome from here to Furnace Creek, deep in the center of the park. Perhaps we'd have to unhook the car though, and drive it behind for most of the 100 miles or so. Hmmmm. We decided to test drive the jeep for the first "down" section just to see if we thought it was something we would want to do in the motorhome next week.
|the odd brown Alabama Hills in front of the majestic Sierras, view from the visitor's center|
Well, the "down" section of 190 to Panamint Springs was way too "down" for me. The road was paved, thats good, but it was extremely curvy, narrow and minus guard rails necessary to keep one from just slipping over the edge. Yikes, here we go again! Dave said he would drive Beluga on this road if I wanted him to, but he didn't think he could make the curves and stay on his side of the road with the jeep hooked on back. So....I would have to drive it behind him all the way to Furnace Creek.
|see that little white line in the middle of the picture? it is the Panamint Valley and its about 20 miles away.....|
The scale and scope of this place is not to be believed.
|once down to the valley floor, we have to go back up over this marbled mountain range to reach Death Valley|
|here is the road across Panamint Valley and up the next range. |
see the two tiny dots on the black section of the road near the white stripe? they are two motorhomes....
After I made that decision, Dave finally admitted to me that it would have been a very long, nerve wracking day for him if we chose to enter Death Valley from this side. We both agreed we'd like to camp there at some point, but that it would be much better to enter from the Nevada side. Phew!
It was getting late, so we went back to Beluga to feed our sweet doggies and let them out and make a cocktail. We needed one today thats for sure! Business done, we took our drinks and snacks outside to relax before dinner. A neighbor stopped by for a talk, so we invited her to join us. She trotted back to her 5th wheel to collect her husband and a couple beers and soon we all were chatting happily in our side yard. They are from Carson City (near Reno), but she's originally from England. We shared our life stories and soon it was dark and our dinners were waiting. The bright moon lit the path back to theirs and we moved inside to finish up our leftovers.
Tomorrow perhaps a little golf or a drive up to Mt. Whitney to find the falls. Stay safe everyone.