Well, for the third year in a row, I have somehow convinced people to go spend the holiday weekend in the Death Valley National Park area. So far, they are still claiming me as a friend.
We had Dr.Dirty (Scott, Amy, Cloe), MyWifesJeep (Mike D., Shirly, Niko), FishPOET and WestwardHo (Doug and Tracy), Dirtman13 (Chuck, Aleshia, Cody), Rat Patrol (Kurt), and Roger (Roger) who joined us late Thursday Night.
The theme this year was to explore the northern part of the park. Wedesday Night, we all met at the Wildrose Campground to have a place to leave the tow vehicles. The night was a chilly 19 degrees and we woke to gusting wind. We were highly motivated to get packed up and moving in the morning.
I bought and repaired a trailer for the trip since I had both Sharon and her mother Louise with us. I had that trailer loaded as fast as I could, but I still had to take breaks to get out of the wind:
For Thanksgiving Day, I woke up with a head cold, so I was very happy when we got to the valley floor and the weather was much warmer. We needed to get to the northern part of the Park, so we headed up Hwy 190 and then over to Lone Pine, Ca. Along the way, we were treated to views of Father Crowley Point,:
And Snow in the Eastern Sierras:
We took US 395 up to Big Pine, gassed up for the long haul one more time before heading out Death Valley Road for 48 miles to the Eureka Dunes. We had to climb a pass that reached over 7200 feet in elevation. We found snow on the ground and ice in shadowed patches on the road:
The view back towards the Owens Valley was nice:
After a long trek down the pass, we were excited to finally have the Eureka Dunes in sight:
I had fun climbing the dunes and taking photos. I had wanted to climb to the top of the highest dunes, but at 700 feet above the valley floor, I didn't think that I could get there and back before sunset (or a cardiac arrest!). Regardless, I got deep into the dunes:
To be continued.....