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Our First Trip to Death Valley (Jan 2018)

Death Valley always seemed so far away. Nearly 20 hours by truck, that's what kept us from visiting to this point. That, and the fact that I always thought there wasn't much there.

Boy, was I wrong. Looking back now (in 2020), this trip really kicked off a new love of an awesome place for both @mrs.turbodb and me. Our first journey took us to some amazing places - Titus Canyon, Obehebe Crater, The Racetrack, Goler Wash and Butte Valley (not to mention the tourist destinations we hit as well) - but little did we know that there was so much more to explore.

We'll never forget this first trip, but it was the tip of an iceberg that we'll never be able to explore the entirety of!

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Death Valley (Jan 2018) Death Valley (Jan 2018) - Death Valley: Intro and Day 1 - A Day of Driving Winters in the Pacific Northwest, (but perhaps especially this one) are tough to swallow when you like to get outdoors to explore and experience new adventures. The weather gets cool and wet, and it often takes a multi-state trip…
Death Valley: Day 2 - Colors Everywhere Death Valley: Day 2 - Colors Everywhere - The alarm woke us at 6:00am. We were cozy under the covers but it was cold. It hadn't rained or snowed overnight, but dew had covered the tent and frozen, so the tent went away wet - not ideal, but we had places to be and weren't about to wait…
Death Valley: Day 3 - Does It Get Any Better? Death Valley: Day 3 - Does It Get Any Better? - We slept soundly through the night - it was the perfect night really - quiet, a bit of a breeze, and chilly but not too cold. I'd set my alarm for 6:30am, since I wanted to catch the sunrise. The atmosphere over Death Valley makes for stunning shots and though…
Death Valley: Day 4 - You Don’t See This Every Day Death Valley: Day 4 - You Don’t See This Every Day - We were glad to have battened down the hatches on the tent, because the heavy winds continued all night, literally shaking the entire truck as though we were in a series of mini-accidents. Needless to say, our sleep wasn’t as great as it'd been the previous night when we were…
Death Valley: Day 5 & 6 - Eventful Trip Home Death Valley: Day 5 & 6 - Eventful Trip Home - January 21-22, 2018. It was a clear, snowless night - a big chilly out, but cozy under the down comforters in the tent. Morning light gave us a chance to explore our site a bit more - a big cave carved into the sandstone that had clearly been used by…

 

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