The Superbug experiences a little Death Valley Magic

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Ladybug0048, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    :clap Awesome! Finally getting caught up this morning. You are capturing DV in a different light than I; that's what makes the world so great we all see things a little differently. I never saw that pumping station going to Darwin and I rode both routes, but than again I am a guy who was focused on riding, not really smelling the flowers, so with that.... thank you for reminding me to take it in.
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  2. Ladybug0048

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    That's for sure :D



    Thank you


    Thanks for adding the pictures.

    We enjoy things differently and the variety makes the world a fun place to live. Glad you are following along Sam.
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  3. Ladybug0048

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    I decided to headed off on my own to watch the sunrise from the valley floor and enjoyed an early start to my day. It was a a day filled with touristy delights<o:p></o:p>
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    At work we have a “where has your Ecova bottle been?” section in our company newsletter. I figured I needed to submit one with the bottle taking a motorcycle ride and this was the perfect place to get the photo. I still need to get around to submitting it though. :lol3<o:p></o:p>
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    I had to have a picture of this sign. :D<o:p></o:p>
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    First thing in the morning sure is nice in Death Valley.<o:p></o:p>
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    The dunes? I’ve been to dunes before, I used to live within a few miles of dunes when I was a teenager and we spend many quality kegger hours in the dunes. They came equipped with a lake for skinny dipping and getting the sand rinsed off. Spending time in the dunes at Death Valley wasn’t much of a thought. Heck, I know what they are, lots of sand that’s not all that easy to walk in.<o:p></o:p>
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    When I saw the sign for Mesquite_Flat_Dunes I had enough liquids in me I decided to stop and use the facilities since they were there. Already off the bike with my helmet and jacket off I figured I might as well walk over and look at the sign and grab a photo or two. Looks like someone lost a flip flop.<o:p></o:p>
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    Mesquite Flat Dunes
    These dunes are the best known and easiest to visit in the national park. Located in central Death Valley near Stovepipe Wells, access is from Hwy. 190 or from the unpaved Sand Dunes Road. Although the highest dune rises only about 100 feet, the dunes actually cover a vast area. This dune field includes three types of dunes: crescent, linear, and star shaped. Polygon-cracked clay of an ancient lakebed forms the floor. Mesquite trees have created large hummocks that provide stable habitats for wildlife.<o:p></o:p>
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    At the sign I decided to walk out a little ways and see if I could get a better shot of the dunes.<o:p></o:p>
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    Then I started following footprints in the sand and was really enjoying the walk. <o:p></o:p>
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    The nice thing about taking a walk in the dunes wearing riding boots is you don’t get sand in your shoes. :lol3 Like other parts of Death Valley there was a lot more to see than just sand.<o:p></o:p>
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    I was starting to get hungry since I didn’t have breakfast before I left camp and planned to enjoy a nice breakfast at Furnace creek. Everything is expensive in Death Valley and I was cutting costs where I could so my meals were being eaten in camp so this was going to be my one splurge. I was hit with an expensive vet bill for my cat, Wilbur, the week before I left and it took a good chunk of my vacation fund. I almost cancelled my trip because the fur ball saw fit to go out get in a fight and didn’t come out the winner. I hope that cat appreciates the sacrifices I make for him. Ah heck I’m sure he doesn’t he’s all male and we know males are unappreciative of the sacrifices us females make for them. :hide :lol3<o:p></o:p>
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    On to breakfast I go.<o:p></o:p>
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    Before I go to the Borax works site I’ll check this out.<o:p></o:p>
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    It goes to Mustard Canyon<o:p></o:p>
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    Mustard Canyon was a nice loop back to the pavement.<o:p></o:p>
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    Then I made my way to the Harmony Borax Works. I grabbed a bottle of water and went for a walk.<o:p></o:p>
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    Harmony Borax works was the birthplace of the Twenty Mule Teams<o:p></o:p>
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    I’ve seen many pictures of these wagons and watched Death Valley Days as a kid but I had no idea how huge they really were until I was standing next to one. The large wheel stands 7’ tall.<o:p></o:p>
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    For many people, nothing symbolizes Death Valley more than the famous Twenty Mule Teams. These "big teams" pulled massive wagons hauling borax from the Harmony Borax Works near Furnace Creek to the railhead near Mojave, a grueling 165 mile, ten day trip across primitive roads. Although the teams only ran for six years--1883 to 1889--they have made an enduring impression of the Old West.<o:p></o:p>
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    The white crust on the earth here was intriguing and I had to walk out onto it and check it out. I was surprised about how hard the crust was. I thought it would be brittle and crush under my steps but it stayed solid like concrete.<o:p></o:p>
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    The borax refinery operated only from 1883 to 1888<o:p></o:p>
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    More to come and I'll get to breakfast yet. :D
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  4. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    Great way to start my day with this read and picture gawking :*sip*
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  5. Reddog*

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    :clap Hadn't checked in Day trippin for a while.

    What a Nice find!
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  6. redog1

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    Thank you for sharing. Nice pics! :clap
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  7. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Thanks and I always enjoy starting my day with an installment by you or Moe.Ron in your thread: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=853509

    I'm glad you found it.


    Thanks :D
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  8. Ladybug0048

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    Finally made it to Furnace Creek for breakfast. :dg<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    They have a wagon on display too.<o:p></o:p>
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    No food pictures but it was surprisingly good, a bit spendy but very good, I enjoyed the meal and a nice cup of hot coffee. After breakfast I wanted to take a walk and the Borax Museum was a nice place for a little stroll.<o:p></o:p>
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    Borax Museum – the building is the oldest structure in Death Valley. <o:p></o:p>
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    It doesn’t look that old but that’s what the brochure said.<o:p></o:p>
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    There are a lot of interesting pieces to look at in the outdoor displays.<o:p></o:p>
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    There is a guide with information about all the artifacts just match the number and read all about it.<o:p></o:p>
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    Some things looked like torture devices :eek1<o:p></o:p>
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    I enjoyed the nice stroll around Furnace creek to let me breakfast settle and even visited the gift shop and bought myself a t-shirt and a gift for a friend.<o:p></o:p>
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    The day was warming up nicely.<o:p></o:p>
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    Golf anyone?<o:p></o:p>
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    Wanted a post office shot for this thread: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=143102&page=43<o:p></o:p>
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    Furnace Creek was full of tourists but it was my touristy day so I was OK with it. To get away from the “crowds” in Death Valley doesn’t take much. The ranger said that week was the busiest week in the Park. Note to self: Visit DV at a different time of year next time…..I’m thinking Nov. 2014 will be my next visit. :evil<o:p></o:p>
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    A visit to the National Park visitor’s center was next to watch a film about the park. I wanted to pick up a map and some information about DV too however after standing in line for about 10 minutes I was told they couldn’t help me unless I showed them my receipt for park admission. My receipt was out on the bike and I didn’t want the map bad enough to go get it and wait in line again. I was a little frustrated but they need to do what they can to be sure people are paying their admittance fees for the park. I didn’t need my receipt to watch the film so I went and enjoyed the 20 minute film. <o:p></o:p>
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    A gal I met at work a few years ago is a member of the Timbisha Shoshone tribe however she has never been to the Village even though she attends council meetings held in Las Vegas. The Timbisha Shoshone people being featured in the film were of special interest to me as I was headed to their Village next.<o:p></o:p>
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    The Timbisha Shoshone Indians lived here for centuries before the first white man entered the valley. They hunted and followed seasonal migrations for harvesting of pinyon pine nuts and mesquite beans with their families. To them, the land provided everything they needed and many areas were, and are, considered to be sacred places.<o:p></o:p>
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    In January, 2000 the Timbisha Shoshone Homeland Act was implemented, officially providing land in trust to the Tribe on which the Tribe can live permanently and govern the Tribe's affairs within the ancestral homeland of the Tribe outside and within the Park. Today a partnership between the tribe and the National Park Service ensures resources within the park and their traditional homeland are protected and enhanced by cooperative activities.<o:p></o:p>
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    I find it sad that Native Americans have to fight to be able to stay on the lands they lived on for centuries. I have a lot more thoughts on that subject but this isn’t the time or place so lets go visit the Timbisha Village instead.<o:p></o:p>
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    The Village is small but kept up nicely much better than some of the villages in the NW.<o:p></o:p>
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    After a ride through the Timbisha Shoshone Village it was time to ride to the next point of interest. <o:p></o:p>
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    More of day 4 coming……<o:p></o:p>
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  9. Ladybug0048

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    Christian Brevoort Zabriskie (1864&#8211;1936) was born at Fort Bridger, Wyoming Territory. Zabriskie&#8217;s life took on new meaning in 1885 when F.M. Smith hired him to supervise several hundred Chinese workers at the Columbus Marsh area of the Pacific Coast Borax Company near Candelaria. This was the beginning of a life-long career in the field of Borax. He ultimately became vice president and general manager of the company and served in that capacity for thirty-six years until his retirement in 1933. During this time, the Pacific Coast Borax Company had phased out most of its borax operations in the Caldelaria vicinity but had moved on the greater production in the Death Valley area.<o:p></o:p>
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    Even though the road I was riding is a main paved road it didn&#8217;t have any traffic on it and the ride was very enjoyable as I rode from one tourist point to another. I even stopped to enjoy the flowers along the way.<o:p></o:p>
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    No matter how many times I have seen flowers growing in the desert I&#8217;m still amazed at how the pretty delicate little things can survive and thrive in such a harsh environment. Just like us ladies they are pretty but tough as nails.:D<o:p></o:p>
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    A stop at this viewpoint is totally different from the last one. Around every corner in Death Valley things change just like magic.<o:p></o:p>
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    This viewpoint was busy so I didn&#8217;t stay long.<o:p></o:p>
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    The gas at the campground was the same price. Stovepipe Wells the gas was a little cheaper but not much. I brought gas with me so that was the only time I filled up in the park. Thank goodness.<o:p></o:p>
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    The parking lot was full so I parked the Superbug off to the side and out of the way so I could go take a walk. Surprisingly even with the parking lot full the canyon wasn&#8217;t.<o:p></o:p>
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    A road once entered Golden Canyon, but what has destroyed the pavement here? In Feb. 1976, a four-day storm dropped 2.3 inches of rain at Furnace Creek. On the last day of the storm, a violent downpour caused a surge of water, mud, and rock to flow through these narrows.<o:p></o:p>
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    The Devil plays golf in Death Valley? I guess even the Devil needs a little recreation now and then. :lol3<o:p></o:p>
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    I walked out on the salt walk quite a ways because, well because everyone else was doing it. About ¾ of the way out I realized there was nothing more to see out there so why go all the way to the end. <o:p></o:p>
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    As I was walking back to the parking lot I noticed these little girls playing. The older one over on the left got the younger ones to twirl around and around. They were twirling and giggling happily. The little girl in the pink wasn&#8217;t with that group but she was watching and the look on her face said she wanted to be with them and she started to giggle and twirl. The innocents of children, I love it, they were having so much fun doing such a simple thing.
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    I started to continue riding South but then realized I better not go much further or I would be getting back to camp after dark and I don&#8217;t like riding after dark. I still had one more touristy thing I wanted to do too.<o:p></o:p>
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    &#8226; Artist&#8217;s Drive: Scenic loop drive through multi-hued volcanic and sedimentary hills. Artist&#8217;s Palette is especially photogenic in late afternoon light. The 9-mile paved road is one-way and is only drivable with vehicles less than 25 feet in length.
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    The end of this visit to DV is about here. :cry But there are still more pictures to come.......
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  10. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    Interesting report...Outstanding pics and narration.
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  11. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Good stuff, Sherry!!!

    You're showing me the side of the park that I never see. :clap:clap
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  12. MasterMarine

    MasterMarine Long timer

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    Beautiful! :D

    Thank you for sharing your photos and perspective.
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  13. Shooby

    Shooby Long timer

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    Fantastic Foto's !!:thumb Can't wait to go there later this year or early next.
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  14. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Thanks.


    You never see those parts of DV because you are out exploring parts of the valley none of us see. :lol3

    Thank you

    I hope you have a great time.
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  15. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    I'm going to take a break from the report for a few days to go riding but I will be back the first of the week to finish it up. :ricky
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  16. Loud Al

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    Great report and you sunrise photos are great :thumb
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  17. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Thanks
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  18. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    Going Home - Friday 3/29/13<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    After a shower and dinner I was off to bed. There were plenty of people partying at the campfire but sleep was more appealing. <o:p></o:p>
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    The next morning as I walked in to the ladies room I could hear someone in the men’s room puking their guts out. Yup, there it is, the reason the party at the camp fire wasn’t all that appealing.<o:p></o:p>
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    Even though I had signed up and paid for the rally the reason I was there was to see Death Valley. Everyone was having a good time at the rally but I needed to head home so I packed up for the trip back.<o:p></o:p>
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    The Superbug:pynd logged a few miles on this adventure so I didn't feel short changed with leaving early.<o:p></o:p>
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    Now the Superbug:pynd would take a break and ride in the back of the pickup on the way home.<o:p></o:p>
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    I took my time loading up, said my good byes to Moto-Treks and I was off. <o:p></o:p>
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    I was here before and checked out the grounds but didn’t take the tour. This time I was taking the tour. The ranger would go in and out of character as he did the tour as a living history. If his hat was off he was Ranger Steve.<o:p></o:p>
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    If his hat was on he was Scotty’s friend Steve.<o:p></o:p>
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    The Castle didn’t belong to Scotty it belonged to a friend of his who let him live his entire life there. Pretty cool friend.<o:p></o:p>
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    The first thing that caught my eye was the massive chandelier. :eek1<o:p></o:p>
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    In every nook, cranny and corner there was something incredible to look at.<o:p></o:p>
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    Since we don’t have palm trees in the Pacific Northwest I enjoy seeing them. I have gotten better though since the first time I saw one in Daytona Beach, FL when I walked over and petted it. Yep, tourist was blazing over my head in big neon lights. I don’t pet them any more but I still take pictures of them. :lol3<o:p></o:p>
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    Hidden in the green oasis of Grapevine Canyon in far northern Death Valley, the Death Valley Ranch, or Scotty's Castle as it is more commonly known, is a window into the life and times of the Roaring '20s and Depression '30s. It was and is an engineer's dream home, a wealthy matron's vacation home and a man-of-mystery's hideout and getaway. <o:p></o:p>
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    Walter Scott, Death Valley Scotty, convinced everyone that he had built the castle with money from his rich secret mines in the area. Albert Mussey Johnson actually built the house as a vacation getaway for himself and his wife Bessie. Scotty was the mystery, the cowboy, and the entertainer, but he was also a friend. Albert was the brains and the money. Two men as different as night and day, from different worlds and with different visions - who shared a dream.
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    I spent more time at the castle than I thought I would but I thoroughly enjoyed it. There is also an underground tour, which I didn’t take so I need to return and do that one next. Yep, another reason to go back to Death Valley. Maybe that’s the magic of Death Valley, it keeps giving me reasons return. :evil

    <o:p>I'll be back a little later with more from my adventure on the way home. . . . .</o:p>
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  19. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Now you're catching on, careful...you'll go full desert before you know it. :deal
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  20. Ladybug0048

    Ladybug0048 Bug Sister

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    I sure do like the desert but I also like the forests and mountains so I have to do it all. :D
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