Our first stop on our Spring adventure in March of 2017, was Death Valley National Park. (www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm) We arrived on a Saturday afternoon and got checked in to the Furnace Creek Ranch (now called The Oasis at Death Valley www.oasisatdeathvalley.com/) After we checked out the grounds, restaurants, and the pool, we headed to Zabriskie Point for some views of the badlands at dusk. It was BEAUTIFUL and a great introduction to Death Valley.
On Sunday morning, we had an adventure planned to Scotty's Castle. The castle and grounds were damaged in a flash flood in October of 2015 and has been closed since then. So, when we found out that the Death Valley Natural History Association (dvnha.org/) was offering Restoration Tours, we signed up to get tickets. It was a great tour where we learned quite a bit about flooding in the desert as well as the history of Scotty's Castle.
Early Monday morning, we started our day with a sunrise hike in Golden Canyon and Gower Gulch. This hike was a little over 5 miles. It was stunning! Since we started so early, we had no crowds! Just what we needed.
Our afternoons were spent with short side trips and the swimming pool at the Ranch. Take a look at our overview video for those side trips. Death Valley was a great vacation and nothing like we imagined it to be. We have already planned our second trip to DVNP, so stay tuned! Keep on trekking!
Kay and Matt enjoy hiking all over the USA. We have a YouTube Channel to video our adventures, this blog, and we are working on building an app to allow others to go on adventures too.