(continuing from yesterday)
We descended the one-lane dirt road into Amargosa Canyon, just south of Tecopa (CA). As we slowly made our turns on the winding, narrow passageway, we noticed that it was getting warmer.
With the truck's thermometer reading 101 degrees--a jump of nearly 20 degrees--we drove the final few yards into an oasis. This exotic array of greenery was the heart of China Ranch Date Farm.
There are 15 varieties of dates grown on the Farm; one of these is Barhi, and the information on the card by the palm read:
The Modest Museum includes exhibits and artifacts from early Indian sites and archeological digs, the pioneer families that were here in the early 1900's, and the mysterious Chinese man who is thought to first have settled the canyon here.
We passed two areas of new growth palms on our way out of the Ranch.
Passing through Tecopa, we saw the sign for Cynthia's: "Be a desert dweller with a stay in one of our fun and swanky converted vintage trailers. Our well-appointed guest rooms feature stylish decor with special attention to color and comfort. Our rooms welcome guests with plush beds for a good night's rest, and spacious bathrooms featuring artful mosaics.
This is the Faith Community Church of Tecopa.
We are taken by the colors of the mountains in the area of Death Valley and took these photos on the way back to Pahrump.