Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Great Prius Adventure: Death Valley

After spending a couple of days with Mom, we headed to Death Valley for some warm weather and desert camping. We were pretty pleased to find a campsite at Texas Springs - the one campground that does not allow generators. So, we bought a pass for three nights and got busy enjoying the sights.

Texas Springs Campground
Shade across from our site!
View up the road.

Shower Time
Prius car doors come in handy!

As most tourists to Death Valley do, we checked out the Furnace Creek Visitor Center, though it was only about 80 degrees, so not much of a furnace! The exhibits were updated since my last visits -- and it was really, really awesome to see two miners highlighted in the displays: one male and one female. So cool. There was also a really great display about the native people of the area, the Timbisha Shoshone.

We also took advantage of the ranger talk at the old Harmony Borax Works site. Again, the talks have been updated to include a variety of perspectives as well as the natural environment.
Furnace Creek Visitor Center
Harmony Borax Works

Our next day, we took the Golden Canyon Trail/Badlands/Gower Gulch Loop hike. Clocking in around 4.6 miles, I wish we would have had our poles at a couple of points.   


Tip: If you go - bring plenty of water and prepare for total sun exposure. If you are at all nervous about heights, you might skip this hike.

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