We had only allowed a week to tour Death Valley and the area surrounding our RV park in Pahrump, NV.
After all, it was "just desert".
Well, another assumption has been challenged and has been found wanting.
Even though we have viewed and written about a range of sights in this National Park, we nevertheless have a list of places that we missed on this visit.
Scotty's Castle, the Saline Valley Dunes, the Racetrack, the ghost town of Leadfield, Stovepipe Well, Mosaic Canyon, Devil's golf course, Natural Bridge, Artists Drive, Darwin Falls, charcoal kilns, and Badwater top the surprisingly long list of missed sights.
But just to drive through Death Valley meant to be inundated with sights that go unnamed, but not unappreciated.
The contrast in shades of browns and blacks have a beauty to them as impressive--but certainly different--as the brilliance of the Southwest's red rocks regions.
From sand dunes to desert shrubs to mountains of contrasting colors, there is a quiet beauty to this otherwise desolate location.
The vastness itself is a thing of beauty.
The changes created by the variation in sunlight and shadows transform simple sights.
Although we left with many memories, we also left with a strong desire to return to collect more mental pictures of Death Valley.
Heading to San Diego, we caught these metallic splashes of "scenery".
We have settled in to our home for November and December--Santee Lakes RV Park, near San Diego.
We are two retirees--Chuck, 64, and Kate, 63--who decided to travel the U.S. On June 13, 2008, we began our long-talked-about travels by heading south from our home in Pennsylvania in our Ford 550 and 38’ New Horizons fifth wheel.
Our travel aim is to meet people and go at least "knee-deep" into the culture of several communities. To learn what is important in the lives of the residents of the towns, villages, and farms of America is our primary interest.
When not learning about what people do, we will be (1) sampling the foods that help people do what needs to be done and (2) listening to the music of their culture.
A neighborhood joint or local hall serving liquid refreshment and featuring a jam session with local musicians . . . well, it just doesn't get any better.
We welcome comments, questions, or suggestions of people to meet, places to visit, and "don't miss" neighborhood joints for food and/or music. Drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org