Searching for Sanity!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by AKMotorbiker, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. nadredrum

    nadredrum Been here awhile

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    For cold hands I use a set of waterproof windproof riding gloves, I can go as low as 10* with them the stock hand guards and heated grips. If you need more and don't want the balk try some heated glove liners. I have to say I love my 2014 more every time I get to ride it, but it has been a long cold and icy winter. Great picks and keep the riding up for us poor sole stuck inside.
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  2. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    Good info to know. I'm trying to stay away from anything with electric for now, no promises. The gloves sound good and hippo hand style gauntlets work well on the snow machines, although I'm a little hesitant to put those on a bike for some reason. Fortunately winter here is basically over, if you want to even say it was here. The one time I needed more warmth I threw on my mountain hardware gloves and it was bulky, but warm. I trust you feel the same about your bike as I do about mine. I have some multi day trips planned this year I will be testing the limits of my gear and going through some tires and (hopefully not) repair items.
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  3. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    Altrider crash bars ordered!!! I can't wait to get back in the dirt with a little protection this time!
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  4. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    I received my Altrider engine guards today! I was expecting a longer wait and was shocked to see them today. I tore open the box, did a quick inventory, assembled the tools and mounted them straight off.

    These should prevent some of the scratches and dings I picked up on my first off road adventure.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13613682384/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7171/13613682384_59de7e199a.jpg" width="374" height="500" alt="image"></a>

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    Now I need to hit some dirt again!
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  5. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    I feel like I'm in a prison! A prison unlike the conventional one you might think of when one says prison. Mine is more like "Hogan's Heroes". This is a reference to a TV show where a group of American Soldier's spent the war in a German POW camp during World War II. They were there for a purpose and operated from there to accomplish their true mission. I compare my life in the same way. My prison is my job. I like my job and it provides me the means to accomplish my true mission. My escapes from this prison are adventures where I ride, hike, bike, and camp to fulfill what I truly need in this life, freedom. None of the daily things that pass day to day matter one bit. It's the breaks from daily life that matter. Getting off on a trail to a mountain lake or river, a meadow, a desert, a prairie, seeing nature and not hearing the wail of sirens, car alarms echoing off buildings and ambient noise cluttering my mind and fighting to overwhelm my senses. There are two places where I'm at peace. One is on my bike, the other is in the middle of nowhere.

    I plan escapes and take them every chance I get. For the first time in my adult life I can plan things out years in advance if I want to now. Next up is a trip to Death Valley NP. Now that I can plan things instead of spur of the moment trips, such as I have three days off lets go!, I have an infinite list with finite time. How do I prioritize what to do and where to go? It doesn't really matter as long as I go somewhere and do something.

    Now my next problem is, why do I feel rushed? It goes against what I'm trying to do, which is to slow down and enjoy life. Yet, I'm constantly planning as if time is running out. "I need to do this, see this, experience this!" I want to go to a rally and ride with people like me, I want to ride on back country discovery routes, hit the farthest points, the great divide trail, the TAT, ride in Russia. They're just items on a checklist. The truth is I just want to be away and isolated where I can turn of my engine and hear nothing of man. This is the sanity I'm searching for and my days are filled with thoughts and plans of the next escape.
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  6. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    Went on a milk run and got this pic.

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  7. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    Well, my bike decided she wasn't waiting around to get dirty so, she did it all by herself!

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    I had parked at work and was going to be there for a couple days. Rain was forecasted for the night so, I thought I would be clever and park under a military GP tent. Sometime around midnight the wind really picked up. It picked up the tent and moved it six feet over and my bike had to give. She spent nine hours on her side getting a face full of mud before a coworker saw it and stood her back up. It looked worse in person. Luckily I had just put on the engine guards and they worked. At least it was Mother Nature that tested them first and not me. :D

    Death Valley is coming up this weekend!
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  8. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    Just got back last night from a fabulous trip to Death Valley. It was AWESOME!!! I'm gathering the photos and raw footage today and will be posting the report maybe starting tonight or tomorrow. It was a great trip that I seriously needed and the timing was perfect!
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  9. Stonedude

    Stonedude Been here awhile

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    Really enjoying your pictures and writing! :clap



    I think most of us always search for a little solitude, if only for a few fleeting moments. Your post about being happy on your bike or in the middle of nowhere reminded me of a trip to Montana and some mountain sojourns.... It was so quiet it almost hurt.
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  10. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    I am glad and appreciate that you're enjoying my RR. Montana is on my list of places to ride. I've been there before, just not on a bike. There is nothing on Earth like shutting down your engine and hearing nothing but the elements enticing your senses.
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  11. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    Coming up I have 109 F, spectacular views, life in the valley, death in the valley, missed opportunity, exploded gear, and the Search for Sanity turning into insanity through spontaneous opportunity!
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  12. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    I've been planning and looking forward to this trip for a few months now. Researching attractions, distances between, terrain, routes, camping, alternate camp sites, water points, stores, gas stations, weather, prices, hours of daylight, and on, and on. I am truly happy it all worked out. I needed a break! My last multi day trip was last August. Optimally I would aim for once a month.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14124971902/" title="Death Valley, California by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2897/14124971902_540da1041e_c.jpg" width="800" height="279" alt="Death Valley, California"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14132830244/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2924/14132830244_5ede4be090_c.jpg" width="598" height="800" alt="image"></a>

    This trip is the first of its kind for me. I will be traveling with a full functioning support crew! From left to right we have "Rider/everything not listed", "Treasurer/ Caterer/ Support Driver/ Photographer", "Cuddler", "Assistant Driver/ Go For", "Navigator", "Navigator/ Security/Ghost Hunter". Some have limited experience but, they work for food and who can argue with that price!


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  13. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    The plan was to wake up early and head out at 5:00am. It did not work out that way! Now that a few of you have stopped laughing we left at 10:30 am. All in all not bad. There was a choice to hit snooze, food to pack into the cooler, and a three year old out exploring the neighborhood that needed help getting home, and then we were off. There were a few more stops than I'm used to on the way to the Park, although I did eat better than if by myself.

    Here we stopped in Hesperia to feed the crew.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14129757242/" title="Lunch in Hesperia by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7336/14129757242_96f5dd8976_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Lunch in Hesperia"></a>

    A little further down the road there was a road rage incident with two cars zipping around traffic. They ended up behind my support vehicle driving like A holes. You just don't do that when the driver's husband is right behind you watching. Being on a bike didn't stop me from solving the situation and he stayed away after that. I wish I would have turned on my camera for that one.

    We topped off fuel in Baker, CA where it was 100.4 F. Then headed up the Death Valley Highway. I had forgotten my iPad at the house, which had all my maps and notes on it. So, now we were winging it from my memory until I could get my hands on a map.

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  14. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    We had 40 miles until Saratoga Springs.

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    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14129740472/" title="Heading to Furnace Creek by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7325/14129740472_09f7d6c3a6_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Heading to Furnace Creek"></a>

    The first stop was at the Southern end of the park at Saratoga Springs. This was a street legal only dirt road for about 10 miles, which was washboard/ corrugated most of the way and not marked coming off the highway. I switched into enduro pro, turned off the ABS/ ESA dropped the pressure and headed off.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14132990164/" title="Airing down, Saratoga Springs by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5155/14132990164_e34f6b07bb_z.jpg" width="480" height="640" alt="Airing down, Saratoga Springs"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14128498252/" title="Marker at entrance to Saratoga Springs by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7341/14128498252_87caeb732f_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Marker at entrance to Saratoga Springs"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946060259/" title="Mirror shot by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5577/13946060259_8496b219b7_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Mirror shot"></a>

    The next turn did have a sign.

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    Then we were into the park!

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14104852646/" title="Death Valley, Saratoga Springs Entrance by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7361/14104852646_7befeef200_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Death Valley, Saratoga Springs Entrance"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14128594314/" title="Approaching Saratoga Springs by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7441/14128594314_4e184db837_z.jpg" width="640" height="426" alt="Approaching Saratoga Springs"></a>

    Pulling up to the parking area it was 105 F late in the afternoon. The average temperature in May is about 95 F. This was a tad bit higher than I was expecting. I was hoping to stay below 100 F with not knowing how some of my inexperienced support team might handle warmer weather.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946949508/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5157/13946949508_56cd8db803_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="image"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13941432090/" title="Temperature at Saratoga Springs by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7343/13941432090_6776d6d6f1_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Temperature at Saratoga Springs"></a>

    We unloaded and headed out to the springs. About ten feet out the "Cuddler" turned around headed for the air conditioning. It took an elevated two arm carry to convince her she could do it. It was a short walk to see a green oasis with birds and grass against the surrounding desert. This was pretty much the first trip to any desert that I was planing on enjoying. I read another thread where an inmate said the desert had bloomed. That was in early April, I was hoping I hadn't missed it.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13941643817/" title="Saratoga Springs 2 by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2939/13941643817_f613246991_z.jpg" width="640" height="426" alt="Saratoga Springs 2"></a>

    At some point someone had constructed a rock building overlooking the springs.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14104890176/" title="Rock Structure, Saratoga Springs by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7455/14104890176_0d79545fd4_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Rock Structure, Saratoga Springs"></a>

    This green rock was just laying in the trail. There was so much color in the park from different minerals that contrasted with the tan you would expect to find.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13941707738/" title="Green rock, Saratoga Springs by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7366/13941707738_0930b14823_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Green rock, Saratoga Springs"></a>

    We headed back out to the parking area and loaded up heading back out. When we hit the road I had to air back up. When I opened up my top box there was a surprise!

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14151544803/" title="Poor packing job by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7444/14151544803_171cd681ae_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Poor packing job"></a>

    I was so proud of myself too! I gathered all the tools I thought I might need, even some I didn't. Rubber cement from the plug kit and JB weld plus bouncing tools thrown in the box taught me a good lesson.

    We got back on the pavement to get to Furnace Creek and set up camp for the night. We had 84 miles to roll.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13948446467/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5240/13948446467_bb0276b47e_z.jpg" width="640" height="409" alt="image"></a>

    We were nine hours behind schedule so, everything was going to be fluid for the next three days.
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  15. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    We got back on the CA 127 North heading through Shoshone towards the Death Valley Junction.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946887187/" title="CA 127 heading into Shoshone by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7448/13946887187_58c0e79520_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="CA 127 heading into Shoshone"></a>


    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946905439/" title="CA 127 heading to Shoshone by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7329/13946905439_ccabb83290_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="CA 127 heading to Shoshone"></a>

    Here we turn West heading back into the park after a quick break at the intersection.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946929640/" title="Death Valley Junction CA 127/ CA 190 by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7296/13946929640_2436e621a6_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Death Valley Junction CA 127/ CA 190"></a>

    Heading towards Furnace Creek.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14130604132/" title="CA 190 West towards Furnace Creek by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7439/14130604132_1de2746024_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="CA 190 West towards Furnace Creek"></a>


    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946928870/" title="CA 190 West towards Furnace Creek by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7315/13946928870_08b170e281_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="CA 190 West towards Furnace Creek"></a>


    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14110391136/" title="CA 190 West heading to Furnace Creek by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7442/14110391136_f4ab600da8_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="CA 190 West heading to Furnace Creek"></a>

    We pulled into Furnace Creek just after 7:00pm and it was still 99 F! My temperature estimates/ hopes were completely dashed.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14133067434/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2902/14133067434_72b624ec00_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="image"></a>

    My wife got started on her priorities (after 9 hrs driving with the crew I can't blame her!) but, she didn't slack off on her photography duties.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14129469401/" title="Priorities of Wife by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7368/14129469401_39b24319b5_z.jpg" width="480" height="640" alt="Priorities of Wife"></a>

    Getting camp set up.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14129467521/" title="image by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7398/14129467521_a25c4d3732_z.jpg" width="480" height="640" alt="image"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946048197/" title="Furnace Creek Friday night by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5235/13946048197_cdd7e66247_z.jpg" width="640" height="427" alt="Furnace Creek Friday night"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946151220/" title="Sunset at Furnace Creek by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5278/13946151220_3a017a4ea3_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Sunset at Furnace Creek"></a>

    It was a long driving day and tomorrow was going to be a glorious day of adventuring checking out the South end of the park!
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  16. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    Day 2 would route us around the Southern section of the park and the most touristy. We would head South to Natural Bridge, Badwater Basin, the back North to Devil's Golf Course, Artist's Palette, refuel, head East to Zobriskie Point, 20 Mule Team Canyon, Dante's View, back to Furnace Creek, up to Beatty, NV, then down the Titus Canyon road, ending up back in Furnace Creek. I highlighted the route in different colors for the different sections.

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    Morning time at AKMotorbiker and crew base camp. I had to clean out the mess in my top box, charge some electronics and go over the plan for the day. Since we got a late start Friday we had to start where we left off and see where we could get to today.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946111417/" title="Saturday Morning at Furnace Creek by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7388/13946111417_b1c131ccb1_z.jpg" width="640" height="427" alt="Saturday Morning at Furnace Creek"></a>

    First stop was the Furnace Creek Visitor Center where they had parking for me! The staff there was really friendly and helpful, maybe because the busy season was over.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14153417333/" title="Furnace Creek Sign by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5237/14153417333_0f992c0bd4_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Furnace Creek Sign"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13944800809/" title="Fuel efficient parking at Furnace Creek Visitor Center by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2933/13944800809_13dff7e81a_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Fuel efficient parking at Furnace Creek Visitor Center"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13944838770/" title="Visitor Center by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7328/13944838770_d476b5ef98_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Visitor Center"></a>

    After a couple of souvenirs we head off. First stop, Natural Bridge! It was beautiful out, only 90F, sunny, I was loving every second and it was only the beginning!

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14130009532/" title="Heading to Natural Bridge by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7301/14130009532_d086995f78_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Heading to Natural Bridge"></a>

    Here's a close up...

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14140614054/" title="Heading to Natural Bridge by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7374/14140614054_26a4eb3dd4_z.jpg" width="432" height="640" alt="Heading to Natural Bridge"></a>

    The benefits of having another person taking pictures.

    The Natural Bridge Trail

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14130235191/" title="Natural Bridge road by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2903/14130235191_daf18d5f42_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Natural Bridge road"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946123099/" title="Parked at Natural Bridge by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5192/13946123099_1a6f046a68_z.jpg" width="640" height="427" alt="Parked at Natural Bridge"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14109602356/" title="Info at Natural Bridge by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7406/14109602356_be2f51fab5_z.jpg" width="427" height="640" alt="Info at Natural Bridge"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946149668/" title="Natural Bridge by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7364/13946149668_f7010ce4fc_z.jpg" width="427" height="640" alt="Natural Bridge"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14109595046/" title="Natural Bridge 2 by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5557/14109595046_1a8cd1d1ee_z.jpg" width="427" height="640" alt="Natural Bridge 2"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946432750/" title="Natural Bridge from far side by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7400/13946432750_e87e64ef71_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Natural Bridge from far side"></a>

    Here's a water chute in the canyon.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14153150953/" title="Water chute on Natural Bridge Trail by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2931/14153150953_03828739e9_z.jpg" width="480" height="640" alt="Water chute on Natural Bridge Trail"></a>

    Perfect time for a shower but, always interrupted by the kids!

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14133080615/" title="Catching a shower by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7424/14133080615_f675d29da4_z.jpg" width="480" height="640" alt="Catching a shower"></a>

    Here is the turn off to Natural Bridge with Badwater Basin to the South behind us.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946455798/" title="Entrance to Natural Bridge Trailhead by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5453/13946455798_2f3eab0d63_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Entrance to Natural Bridge Trailhead"></a>

    Approaching Badwater Basin parking area

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14153636763/" title="Approaching Badwater Basin parking area by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7454/14153636763_4a826a5b5a_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Approaching Badwater Basin parking area"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946086807/" title="Badwater Basin by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7357/13946086807_f5f209b22e_z.jpg" width="640" height="427" alt="Badwater Basin"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946135188/" title="Badwater Basin 2 by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7363/13946135188_f5d10303af_z.jpg" width="640" height="427" alt="Badwater Basin 2"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946219688/" title="Badwater Basin sign by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5495/13946219688_237bafc265_z.jpg" width="640" height="427" alt="Badwater Basin sign"></a>

    Luckily there was a hole to get water! You have to stay hydrated out here.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14109664356/" title="Hydrating at Badwater Basin by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7424/14109664356_a98baab0f0_z.jpg" width="640" height="427" alt="Hydrating at Badwater Basin"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14153138033/" title="Salt crusted water hole at Badwater Basin by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7454/14153138033_aff5beeb24_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Salt crusted water hole at Badwater Basin"></a>

    Here is a few shots of the terrain at Badwater.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14153135123/" title="Badwater Basin by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7353/14153135123_270948dfdd_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Badwater Basin"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14133329304/" title="Badwater Basin by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7338/14133329304_7c73a15388_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Badwater Basin"></a>

    It's had to understand what people went through crossing this area much less living and working here. Next stop the Devil's Golf Course and Artist's Palette.
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  17. Stonedude

    Stonedude Been here awhile

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    This may be fun for you, but I can tell you your kids will remember this little trip for life :clap

    Great job
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  18. bhb

    bhb Been here awhile

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    Great shots and report!!


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  19. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    Stone dude and bhb, I hope this plants the seeds for part of who they grow up to be and thanks, I sifted through over 1,000 pictures and pulled about a third to tell this story. So many incredible shots but, they don't replace the memories, they only help to recall. I just hope at least one person chooses to go here after reading this report and I'll feel good, aside from being able to relive this trip for me and family.
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  20. AKMotorbiker

    AKMotorbiker Searching for sanity

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    Here is the turn off for Devil's Golf Course. It is basically a road isthmus out into the formation.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946884087/" title="Devil's Golf Course turn off by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7326/13946884087_44c5f1be79_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Devil's Golf Course turn off"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14133323204/" title="Devil's Golf Course by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5119/14133323204_c94dbe68c2_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Devil's Golf Course"></a>

    It says on a warm day you can hear sounds. It was warm but, we didn't hear anything out in the course but, who can hear anything with four kids, and I'm half deaf. What'd ya say?

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14133064345/" title="Devil's Golf Course by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7364/14133064345_edf485c729_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Devil's Golf Course"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14109873776/" title="Devil's Golf Course by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7386/14109873776_d394172489_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Devil's Golf Course"></a>

    A little farther North is Artist Drive which is a single lane, paved loop that goes past Artist's Palette. The colors were amazing, even if our pictures don't show it exactly how it was. It was also late morning, which wasn't the optimum time. Impressive none the less!

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14133830404/" title="Artist Drive turn off by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7401/14133830404_41e18b137c_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Artist Drive turn off"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14109870786/" title="Artist Drive by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5341/14109870786_998fba6285_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Artist Drive"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946882897/" title="Artist Drive by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7458/13946882897_39ac2ea064_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Artist Drive"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14130232631/" title="Artist Drive by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2927/14130232631_583a920018_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Artist Drive"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946881577/" title="Artist Drive by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7328/13946881577_069cb42f0b_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Artist Drive"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946942978/" title="Artist Drive by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7301/13946942978_e89caa9868_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Artist Drive"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14110386476/" title="Artist Drive by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5588/14110386476_53ba2b324a_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Artist Drive"></a>

    Here is Artist's Palette

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946495518/" title="Artist's Palette by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7361/13946495518_0906eee3e9_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Artist's Palette"></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946493018/" title="Artist Palette by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7399/13946493018_bb9a0456d7_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Artist Palette"></a>

    My wife and I were discussing the colors and decided that the Palette was missing a few key primary colors so, here is the improved Artist's Palette with a "pop"(as my wife would say) of red and yellow!








    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946434097/" title="Artist Palette by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2917/13946434097_f866555163_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Artist Palette"></a>

    Continuing on Artist Drive.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946432367/" title="Artist Drive by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2940/13946432367_8e8932f066_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Artist Drive"></a>

    We headed back to Furnace Creek the get fuel and eat lunch at the day use area next to the gas station. The temperature had just surpassed yesterday!

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946488469/" title="Temperature Saturday 3 May 2014 by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7323/13946488469_7766246e3b_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Temperature Saturday 3 May 2014"></a>

    Here is the gas prices at Furnace Creek. Stovepipe Wells was a dollar cheaper but, they only had 87 octane and it was a generic brand ie, no name.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/13946484328/" title="Gas prices at Furnace Creek 3 May 2014 by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7453/13946484328_df03b4265e_z.jpg" width="480" height="640" alt="Gas prices at Furnace Creek 3 May 2014"></a>

    Here was an impromptu museum outside the gas station featuring two antique pay phones. I remember using these as a kid to call my parents when I needed a ride home. If they didn't answer the phone anchored to the wall I would wait and try again. Good thing we didn't have answering machines then, it would have swallowed up my .15 cents!

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14133375454/" title="Antique pay phone display at Furnace Creek by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2916/14133375454_67411267ea_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="Antique pay phone display at Furnace Creek"></a>


    Don't forget to hydrate!

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/10517537@N06/14127565582/" title="Hydrating at Furnace Creek by alaskajarhead, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2929/14127565582_f89f006633_z.jpg" width="480" height="640" alt="Hydrating at Furnace Creek"></a>
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