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Badwater basin at sunrise.

The Best of Death Valley: Avoiding the Crowds at the Hot Spots

By     |    Jan 12, 2012
Posted in: California, Parks     |    2 Comments

Even though there’s plenty to do in Death Valley without visiting the named attractions, sooner or later you’re going to want to see these places too — after all, when you return to civilization, everyone in the know is going to ask if you’ve seen the Racetrack, Badwater, Scotty’s Castle, etc. (I’m also irresistibly curious about these places). There are a few things you can do to ensure you see the […]

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Cold beer, fresh popcorn, and attentive service make the Corkscrew Saloon the best bar in Death Valley.

Finding a Decent Drink in Death Valley

By     |    Jan 11, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., California     |    1 Comment

We’re at the Corkscrew Saloon in Furnace Creek and in search of saloon salvation. We’re on a run of bad bars and can’t seem find a decent drink in Death Valley. Seems odd to complain about this so close to actual tragedy and tribulation. Death Valley has been the sight of countless catastrophes and a few survival miracles. We need a miracle. Let me explain. We think we find the […]

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Paul in the canyon.

The Best of Death Valley: Desolation Canyon

By     |    Jan 10, 2012
Posted in: California, Hikes     |    2 Comments

We’ll talk a little about the more popular areas of Death Valley, but we have a bit of a love/hate relationship with them.  If a place has a name and is on the main map, people will go see it.  But all good places don’t have names and not all of the good places are on all of the maps.  And the named places get too crowded. Take, for example, […]

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Want to be the only ones around? Just park your car and take a few steps.

The Best of Death Valley: The South Entrance

By     |    Jan 9, 2012
Posted in: California, Drives, Parks     |    2 Comments

As tempting as the town of Death Valley Junction, CA, sounded, we decided to enter Death Valley National Park from the southeast, via Shoshone, CA.  If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, this is the way to go (just make sure you have a full tank of gas — unless you want to pay $5.10/gallon).  We found some very interesting spots, from natural hot springs (clothing prohibited), a date palm […]

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Leave the car behind and explore!

The Best of Death Valley: Artist’s Drive

By     |    Jan 5, 2012
Posted in: Nevada     |    10 Comments

Most people zip through the few-mile-long Artist’s Drive on their way to the “destination” spots in Death Valley, like Badwater or Furnace Creek.  We spent the equivalent of one full day on the drive and suggest anyone looking to get away from the crowds and find some amazing scenery do the same.  Artist’s Drive cuts through the heart of some of the best badlands in Death Valley.  We stopped often, […]

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Stone wall, missing its top.

Photos of Rhyolite, Nevada, Death Valley’s Best Ghost Town

By     |    Jan 4, 2012
Posted in: Nevada     |    1 Comment

Rhyolite was a boom town thanks to a successful gold mine. A series of uncontrollable financial disasters led the town to ruin though the mine wasn’t depleted until the late ’90s. Many of the original buildings were moved to new towns. Others were stripped of their precious construction materials, especially the wood. Wood was rare and very expensive to get in the the desert. Textures of Decay Paul became fascinated with the […]

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