Death Valley Journals

A trip around Death Valley

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A February 2001 trip to Death Valley by MichaelJM

Bun Boy Photo, Death Valley, California More Photos
Quote: Death Valley beckoned us to make a quick visit. We'd explored Vegas, had a car, and we were free agents. We set off to explore.

Bun Boy

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Bun Boy Photo, Death Valley, California
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We were thinking that we’d not find anywhere to stay when we saw the "bright lights" of Baker. I use the term advisedly because there is not a great deal in Baker, other than the world’s biggest thermometer. This was erected to commemorate the highest temperature ever recorded in the U.S. In 1913 in Death Valley, the temperature soared to 134 degrees—wonder what sunblock you’d require in that heat! Motel choices were limited, and we opted for Bun Boy in preference to the one across the road, which resembled a trailer park. The Bun Boy Motel was hardly salubrious, and the price did not match the amenities, but limited choice often equals hiked prices. I guess it’s a typical one-night-stop establi...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 29, 2004

Bun Boy
Baker
Death Valley, California

Howard Johnson

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Howard Johnson Photo, Death Valley, California
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Having completed our Death Valley circuit, we returned to Vegas and opted to stay "off-Strip" at the Howard Johnson Hotel. This hotel is conveniently situated west of the Strip and within an easy 10-minute walk of "New York, New York," but because it’s not taking up a prime site on the Strip, it’s a fraction of the cost of the glitzier hotels. It was also very handy for the airport and the return of the hire car. It was a difficult place to "stumble across," and in all honesty, its immediate surroundings were less than attractive, being sited near an industrial estate, but we’d gotten money off tokens, so we persisted in our search. Here, there’s none of the themed rooms that you find elsewhere a...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 1, 2005

Howard Johnson
Las Vegas
Death Valley, California

Rhyolite Ghost Town

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Attraction | "A trip round a Ghost Town"

Rhyolite Ghost Town Photo, Rhyolite, Nevada
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Rhyolite was our next point of call, not because we’d heard of it but because we saw a sign, and a ghost town has got to be worth a visit. Now, that is a bit of a contradiction, because by definition people decided to stop visiting Rhyolite, and that’s why it’s a …well, you know what I mean. Gold was discovered in the hills (and you can still see the Rhyolite mine entrances) in 1904, and by 1905 plots were being parcelled off for sale. By 1906 there were over 3,000 residents, and two years later, over 8,000, but by 1910 there remained less than 1,000. Within 16 years, the town had thrived, fallen into disrepair, and by 1920 only 20 people remained in the place. Now, you’ll see lizards and bird life an...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 29, 2004

Rhyolite Ghost Town
Main Street
Rhyolite, Nevada

Baker to Badwater

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Baker to Badwater Photo, Death Valley, California
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We set off early from Baker's Bun Boy and within minutes were surrounded by wide-open spaces. We had a long straight road in front of us, with the occasional ball of tumbleweed being blown in front of us. The desert landscape was devoid of all livings things, and then in the middle of nowhere, we saw a large encampment of trailers. It appeared to be semi-permanent, but there were no signs leading to it, so we were left wondering what on earth any self-respecting person would find to do out here in the harsh climate of the Mojave Desert. A few miles down the road and, other than photo opportunities, there’s nothing. We are on our own, with just time to ponder on that large thermometer at Baker. Mental ...Read More

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Baker to Badwater
Death Valley
Death Valley, California

Badwater to Zabriskie Point

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Badwater to Zabriskie Point Photo, Death Valley, California
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Having reached the lowest position in Death Valley, the only way was up, and there were still some phenomenal sights to see. First stop - the Artist Palate. The road changed significantly as we weaved our way "inland." It’s interesting that I should think of our steady climb to the Artist Palate in that way, but I guess it is due to the fact that we were moving up from sea level. This narrow pass had been declared a one-way system (thankfully), and we were able to pause occasionally to take in some of the fine views en route. We saw views stretching out to the distant mountains, with small plateaus covered in coarse sand in the foreground and the ever-present wide plains of Death Valley. The Pa...Read More

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Badwater to Zabriskie Point
Death Valley
Death Valley, California