We saw Death Valley National Park last week, luckily, while temperatures were below the normal highs for this time - day time temps reached only 96 degrees. It had been almost eleven years since we last were here, and I had forgotten how absolutely stunning this park is. The one unique feature everyone comes to experience, of course, is Badwater, the lowest spot in North America at 282 feet below sea level.
So many people had recommended that we should not miss a tour of Scotty's Castle. The combined guided tours (we did both the house tour and the underground tour) were $20.00 per person. It required driving out of our way by two hours which we figured was about $25.00 in fuel so it wasn't a cheap outing. I'm happy to report we both felt it was definitely worth it. It's a most unique story and the park does a great job of telliing it.
We spent several days in Mojave Desert National Preserve. Having never been in this park before, we were very impressed and we had several great hikes here.
From Mojave, we moved on to Tecopa where we checked out and compared every hot spring resort in the town.
Near Ridgecrest, we visited the Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Center. There are more wild horses and burros in the the west than there is food and water to sustain them. This BLM agency rounds up animals in endangered areas (mostly in Nevada), feeds them, gives them medical attention, and then offers them for adoption. These are young, healthy horses and anyone can apply to adopt one for just $125.00. We decided we don't have room for a horse but gave up our carrot supply while walking around the various paddocks.
Days On The Road At Time Of Writing: 60
Camping Costs To Date: $84.00