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Initally Debbie and I were going to go down to Santa Barbara to spend Thanksgiving with relatives. Part of this plan was I was going to go down early and pick up my trailer then I was going to head over to Santa Barbara and then pick Debbie up in a couple of days at Burbank airport. Well that didn't work out like we planned so we decided to take a shakedown cruise for the new trailer and head to Death Valley for the weekend. Well that didn't work out either as the weather predictions for the time we would be away was for colder and windy conditions and Debbie didn't want to camp, besides most of the campgrounds in Death Valley were already full. So we just decided on a road trip to Death Valley and rough it in hotels and eat out the entire time.

Funny how things work out. :)

Well despite the fact we didn't have the trailer and didn't camp we did have a good time. We spent 3 nights in Amargosa Valley (or Scranton or Stateline depending on which map you use) at the Longstreet "destination" resort. We spent another night in Bishop on the way home.

We left Carson City and drove down 95A to 95 then down 373 at Leeland or Lathrop Wells or Amargosa Valley, depending on which map you use, that took us right to the Longstreet Casino. From there we could hit 3 of the east side Death Valley entrances with relative ease.

But enough of the dissertation let's go right for the pictures. We got both video and stills as Debbie shot mostly video while I shot mostly stills. I'll work on a video shortly as the one from Titus canyon was a lot of fun and I almost made Debbie motion sick from the run down the last tight twisty section of the canyon. Probably not the recommended way to see the last part of the canyon but is sure was fun. :D

Oh and yes it was windy as the cold air front moved in then out. Still in Death Valley it was a chilly 65 the first day and the overnight was in the 30's. So I guess the camping may not have been as much fun. The last day however was awesome sunny and warm at 75 with no wind.



Yes my JK was there.






 

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The price of gas in Furnace Creek was a little high but it beats no gas at all, as was the case in Stovepipe Wells. Which was disappointing as I counted on that to head up to Lone Pine on the way out. We coasted in on fumes in Panamint Valley were I got to pay even more for gas.





The next day we went down to the town of Shoshone which was a nice little town and had a few shops/mueseums/gift stores along with a gas station. The gas station mini mart was formerly owned by a California Senator, Charlie Brown.







 

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We ran across this couple as they were pulled over by the CHP on the way to Panamint Valley. They stopped to get refreshements at the little mini mart so we started talking with them. It appears as though the woman who offers Xango, won this little gem at their convention in Las Vegas. Sure beats a pink Cadillac from Mary Kay! Well like I said they had just won this sitting as is and had left Las Vegas with no tags, which is why they got pulled over. It may not be our cup of tea but still I don't think I'd turn it down if someone offered me one of these for free. ;)

 
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Great pictures Michael! We spent a week in Death Valley a couple of years ago and I really enjoyed that place - it is truly spectacular. Your JK looks great! (I do think you need a couple more antennas, though)
 

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Great way to spend time off ! I can't wait to go back to DV with the JK. Your pics are causing more anxiety right now :eek:
 

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and I HATE YOU!! :grinpimp:

very nice pix...my t-day was spend hiding in the rec room at my moms..with the rest of the family playing with my daughter...in 30* weather...cloudy...

did you just trim your stock flairs?
 

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Wow!

That is some interesting and unique countryside! Some of those photographic shots are pretty remarkable as well. Good eye. I'll have to make a point sometime to get out to your neck of the woods (desert) and check all that out. Looks like a lot of fun! Hopefully (yea right) the gas prices will come down.
 

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What an amazing landscape. It is so utterly different from what we have here in the northeast; forest everywhere vs. desert everywhere. The shots you took were beautiful, especially those of the streams and grasses.

Last year I drove west from Massachusetts to Moab and then back again. One of these days I hope to get all the way west and maybe see some of your part of the world. Very Cool! :smokin:
 

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Michael, great pictures. One suggestion is get a UV filter. It should help a bit on the pixellation when you reduce your picture size for posting. (the pixel artifacts in the solid blue sky). (If you had one....never mind :)

Anyway, I'm looking forward to doing DV in March. I need to get off the schnied and on the phone and make some plans (or at least firm up the commitments from my buddies).

Anyway, wow. Just wow on the scenery. My kind of trip.
 

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Thanks everyone!

I have always liked photography since I was knee high to a grass hopper. I had a Rollieflex 120 belly button camera when I was 7 along with a Sekonic light meter. I took photography all 4 years of high school so I could play in the darkroom. But really these were jump out of the JK and snap some shots. These are all handheld images with my FujiFinePix2800Zoom.

Here is a review of the camera. http://www.steves-digicams.com/2001_reviews/fuji2800.html

Here is 4 of them for sale on Amazon for less then $120.00. http://www.amazon.com/Fujifilm-FinePix-2800-Digital-Zoom/dp/B00005QI59



If it helps any I know a little bit about post processing digital images. ;)

I think you are right Joe on the UV filter. Plus the 65% compression and 50% resizing doesn't help.

I say to heck with it, now is the time, let's pick a date put it in the calender and see who shows up. I have some local guys that are looking to go in March as well. The sooner we decide the sooner we can arrange for a group camp space or make reservations on separate spaces. Lag too long and we will be camping in Beatty.
 
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Thanks everyone!

I have always liked photography since I was knee high to a grass hopper. I had a Rollieflex 120 belly button camera when I was 7 along with a Sekonic light meter. I took photography all 4 years of high school so I could play in the darkroom. But really these were jump out of the JK and snap some shots. These are all handheld images with my FujiFinePix2800Zoom.

Here is a review of the camera. http://www.steves-digicams.com/2001_reviews/fuji2800.html

Here is 4 of them for sale on Amazon for less then $120.00. http://www.amazon.com/Fujifilm-FinePix-2800-Digital-Zoom/dp/B00005QI59



If it helps any I know a little bit about post processing digital images. ;)

I think you are right Joe on the UV filter. Plus the 65% compression and 50% resizing doesn't help.

I say to heck with it, now is the time, let's pick a date put it in the calender and see who shows up. I have some local guys that are looking to go in March as well. The sooner we decide the sooner we can arrange for a group camp space or make reservations on separate spaces. Lag too long and we will be camping in Beatty.
A group trip to Death Valley would be very cool. I think we'd be up for that.
 
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