Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Death Valley

One clear and bright day during Christina's visit, we set out for Death Valley. We were going to meet Christina's friends from when they all lived in Brazil, many years ago. 

We were to meet them for lunch at the Furnace Creek Inn, recently renovated and renamed The Oasis at Death Valley. Never having seen an oasis before, this was quite an experience for me. But first we had to drive through a part of the valley to get there. 

It was winter, there were no flowers, no heat, nothing much really, except for this wonderful desert place, surrounded by mountains. We stopped here by the sand dunes at Stovepipe Wells. 

Since our main objective was to meet friends and have lunch, we didn't seek out any of Death Valley's famous tourist spots. We drove by a sign that said Scotty's Castle was closed due to flooding. Many parts of Death Valley were flooded in the fall of 2015, in the same storms that caused the mudslides on our route 58 and the mudflow in my backyard.

Few cars were on the road, leaving a deserted 

landscape for me to enjoy. 

Then we arrived and what a place it was. More so because it appeared suddenly, like any true oasis should.

Christina's friends, who drove here from their home in Las Vegas, were lovely people. We had a nice lunch and it was clear how glad they were that we had made the effort to meet up with them. I even had to explain that since Christina was such a great driver and since I had always wanted to see Death Valley it was no effort at all.

Built in 1927, the inn was beautiful, the food good, and the grounds spectacular. 

Here I tried to capture the pools and ponds at the foot of the hill, and managed to cut off the tops of the very tall palm trees that surrounded them. 

Not my best pictures, but while in all this greenery I came down with the worst case of my non-allergic (called vasomotor rhinitis) runny nose and eyes condition since I left Los Angeles. As soon as we left, I was fine again. 

We came upon several signs that told us we were at sea level, then the road would continue down to below sea level a bit. The lowest point in Death Valley at 282 ft (86m) below sea level is called Badwater Basin. It's the lowest point in 
North America. Another place we didn't see, but it would have been fun. 

But it was fun to know that Christina and her friends got a chance to visit. They will see each other again this summer in Sweden, so there was talk of that and plans to be made.  

We left by a different route, which made the trip so much more interesting and complete for me. Christina drove all the way, I tried to take pictures. We stopped here, to document an about 5,000 ft. trip up from sea level. 

Then my old camera started acting up again, which was a shame as we soon after this came upon some interesting stuff in the road, as well as great views of the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains.


  1. I enjoyed that! A desert "oasis" is truly a gorgeous spot. I actually loved the photo with the tops of the palm trees cut off - I thought that it looked like a gorgeous maze of tree trunks. Thanks for showing us this precious place and for the views of Death Valley. When I lived on the west coast, I didn't yet know how much I'd come to love deserts so I never visited there.

  2. I loved seeing the oasis. I went through Death Valley years ago, in the middle of the night since we didn't have air conditioning and it was summer. I didn't realize (or remember) that we were going below sea level. Wow! Great pictures!

  3. The oasis, what a beautiful spot, and the barren valley, also has beauty in its own spectacular way.

  4. My sons went on a 100 mile bike ride for charity in Death Valley a couple of years ago. It was October but still hot!!

    1. I remember that and gave my support for Type 1 Diabetes. I love how much they do for the cause!

  5. i have never seen a desert or an oasis, and both are really stunning.. your old camera did a fantastic job of capturing the beauty... i love those stone stairs. awe inspiring.. the best of both worlds together, desert and green trees..

  6. What a lovely day and trip. The oasis is lovely out there in the dessert. I so enjoyed all your pictures.

  7. Hi Inger - how amazing ... so wonderful to see your pictures; I've never experienced Death Valley though thought I'd like to visit ... there's a 'death valley' in the inner Cape mountains of SA, which I've driven through ... but nothing like these photos. So glad you were able to visit Christina's friends and come home a different route. Also glad you went in cooler weather. Lovely memories ... and am delighted you shared with us - cheers Hilary

  8. I have never seen a desert so this was educational for me. Really interesting about BadWater Basin. I had no idea that existed.

  9. I'm so glad you shared your photos because most of us will never see this area. And it was truly an Oasis when you arrived....beautiful palm trees and plants! Hugs!

  10. What beautiful and interesting scenery you got to see on your trip! That resort is quite something in the desert.

  11. What a beautiful and wonderful trip!

  12. I've only been to Death Valley once. It's so large, we just saw a piece of it. We stayed at the Furnace Creek bungalows (can't recall the exact name, but little cabins). Loved that experience. The cabins were old and quaint and a fun place to stay, and they had a community cafeteria with decent food at good prices. Would stay there again if it's still around!

  13. What a fun trip, and what an amazing and beautiful place you got to enjoy! I've never really seen the dessert, and it's adventures like you had, that make me want to.

  14. Death Valley - reminds me of our Dead Sea, our lowest point, part of the Negev Desert.
    Your pictures are awsome1

  15. Wow! Love all these photos, Inger!
    Death Valley looks beautiful.
    Sounds very nice to meet Christina's friends! Just amazing they all lived in Brazil, my country, many years ago.
    Lots of hugs.


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