The knee-jerk reaction from nearly everybody when I told them we were going to Death Valley was, “why?” The “why” is easy to answer; it’s a gorgeous place that’s a very pleasant high 70’s temperature in November.

We stayed at the Furnace Creek Campground, shown below. This is a very nice, very clean campground. National Park Service, so $11 per night with senior pass. There’s a really great visitors’ center nearby, which I really enjoyed.

Furnace Creek Campground in Death Valley

Exotic breakfast of coffee and instant oatmeal. It’s all high times and fast living with us. The culinary excitement of this trip was the new wok I bought to keep in the RV. It’s a small guy wok, perfect for the two of us, and it worked like a champ on the camp stove. 

Gourmet breakfast in Death Valley

Bob and rush hour near our campsite.

The main drag in Death Valley

Ubehebe Crater below. You don’t get much of a notion how big this thing is from the photo below. It’s a half mile across and 600 feet deep. It was caused by a maar volcano. Hot magma rises up below ground and hits ground water. This creates a high pressure steam that explodes up out of the ground.

Ubehebe Crater in Death Valley

Our visit to Artists’ Palette, shown below, came at the end of a long day, so we just stood in the parking lot and looked. Next time we go there, I’m going to want to get down into the canyons and get a better look.

Artists' Palette in Death Valley

Bob with one of the wagons that the 20 mule teams pulled borax from Death Valley to Mohave.

20 mule team wagon in Death Valley

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