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Taken In Quartzsite Arizona Dec 7th 2015

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Death Valley Part 2 of 2, and I crashed today...

Where are we today
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This is Part 2  of our Death Valley tour, to read 
part 1 go to the bottom and click on "Older Post"
      After the Borax Works we headed back south past the visitor Centre. We wanted to see Scotty's Castle but the castle and the road to it is still closed due to a flash flood, major damage done.
looks like some boondocking spots here.
       Heading south we took the Artist's Drive and a wonderful one way very scenic loop and stopped to see the Artist's Palette.
Amazing colors on the hillside
Back to the main road and further south
      A short drive up a dirt road to a parking lot then a fairly easy 1 mile  round trip hike to see the Natural bridge, very interesting. It was tough up hill but easy down hill for us old folks.
it is quite large you can see a lady standing under it
just to the left of centre
back to the car

back to the parking lot
       And a wildlife spotting !
atthis was the only Wildlife ? we saw in the side of the trail
       Next was Bad Water basin the lowest point in north america at 282 ft below Sea level.
the salt flats
         You can read about Bad Water Basin HERE and the amazing salt flats.
       From here we looked back up to Dante's View where we were earlier today, Elevation 5.475 ft.
         A few miles further the Ashford Mill Ruins, just amazing right in the middle of nowhere. 
       Back on the road turning east through some mountain passes heading back to Parhump.
Shoshone Population 31
     There was a few hundred people in town for a Craft sale next to the  World Famous Crowbar Cafe and Saloon. This place was packed with live bands, would have been nice to stop. But the crowds and we were ready to get back home only 30 more minutes to go.
Crowbar Saloon
they even had a small airport here in the village
this looked like a vein of coal
beside the road
interesting design on the mountain side
     We finally got back home by 3:30 after a very long day, yesterday. But it was sure worth it. Wish we could camp closer and explore some more, but was not in our budget, plus we saw mostly what we wanted to see anyway.
     Sunday morning another time change. DST done and that is 4 time changes in a little over a week. My body it just not adjusting that quickly.  Here I was wide awake at 2:30 this morning. My body thinks it is 4:30. Tossed and turned finally got up under protest. 
     Well I puttered around for a while, work on todays posting, sun came up about 6 am so got a couple walkabouts. Over to the store at 8 am picked up a few things. Then home I pulled out our carpet cleaner, to clean our carpets again. Sure is nice to have one on board now 3rd time this year and boy they were still pretty dirty. I guess I am pretty messy.
nice morning sunrise
       Well after our morning and a light lunch I faded fast. Have already been up for 10 hours and its only noon!
       So I caved in and hit the bed and crashed, something I have not done for a very long time. But I needed it. Was out for 2 full hours, wow! Now feel brand new once again. The time changes and all the walking yesterday finally took it's toll.
      A walkabout after my nap, packed up the steam cleaner, and read for a while outside. But with this time change it gets darker sooner as we know. So began supper at 4:15 so I could BBQ in the daylight.
        Grilled a couple boneless pork chops that I had marinated for the afternoon. Done perfectly only about 4 minutes a side on low. Added to our salad and we are good to go.
tender moist a juicy chops
      All done in good time, Suzie's show Madame Secretary on at 6 pm here. When we get back to Arizona later this week another time change, they do not do daylight savings time there.
      That was a very relaxing Sunday we had , nice to feel normal again.
      Thanks for stopping by.

Where have we been this Winter

28 comments:

  1. Artist's Drive is awesome. So beautiful.
    So sorry you missed Scotty's Castle. Really a treat.
    We did crash like you did. Lots of time changes and lots of sightseeing will do that to you.

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    1. It was all awesome sure glad we did it,
      Feel brand new once again now.

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  2. We're having the same problem with the time changes and we haven't gone through as many as you. If you need a nap to recover don't fight it.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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    1. It is very rare that I do that but did just had to , feel better now.

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  3. Crikey I've missed you blokes. Looks like I got some catching up to do. Sounds as if you've been on the move. Those pictures sure are amazing. Mum wants to know if those colours in those hills is real or did some drongo go and paint them?? If they're real they're pretty impressive, aye?? You're not much good at wildlife spotting are you?? That bloke looks pretty tame to me. Bet he can't run fast either!!

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    1. Yes Charlie we are on the move for the winter, you have missed a lots of scenery.
      The coors in those hills are real and very impressive.
      That was our wildlife spotting for the day, he has short leg , would not run like you.

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  4. Same here on the time change. Turning the clock back one hour makes it even worse. I've never been a fan of daylight savings time. It's 3:30 AM and I'm awake like it's 6:30.

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    1. Thats the way I was yesterday, but we do adjust.
      You soon be in Arizona.

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  5. So incredibly much to see and explore in that area. Great excursion.

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    1. It is so amazing to see these things love this lifestyle more each year.

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  6. I never realized there was so much to see and do in Desert Valley. Artists drive is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing George!

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    1. Lots to see and we did not see it all. a lots of driving to see everything. Thanks for coming along.

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  7. We motorcycled through those very roads and view points last winter. '''Twas nice to see the sights once again.

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    1. It would have been wonderful on a motorcycle. thanks for coming along.

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  8. There is so much to see in Death Valley. You wouldn't want to be there during the summer but the winter time is perfect. Glad you had a great time.

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    1. So glad that we saw at least some of it, was wonderful.
      It was hot enough when we were there, summer nope.

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  9. Death Valley is different and has more to see than I had imagined.

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    1. There is even a lots more to see that we did not do, not enough time in one day.

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  10. The time changes sure do mess us up too, but soon will become adjusted. You have had a couple of busy days, but worth it I'm sure.

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    1. It sure is worth it, checking out things when we are in the area.

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  11. Nothing better than a power nap when you need it! :c)

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    1. Very rare that I need it, but sure refreshed me.

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  12. Death Valley looks like a bucket list item for us. Yes as Bill said, the time changes are confusing. I like the early morning daylight though.

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    1. It is a different area for sure and worth checking out.
      The early morning daylight is wonderful.

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  13. A half hour siesta is a good thing. Retirement is hard work.

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    1. My half hour was 2 hours long but worked wonderfully.

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  14. Beautiful scenery that you were seeing. We have never been to this area but looks like we will have to make our way there some time soon. So glad you enjoyed yourself. Hope you can get your body adjusted to all the time changes soon. We have had to adjust to a 7 hour difference but we just try to put ourselves right into the time zone that we are in right away and go with it, so far so good.

    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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    1. It is a beautiful area, and worth seeing. We are adjusting nicely, as we do every year.

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