Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

Park entrance west of Beatty, NV

Road heading up to Daylight Pass. Road just follows the natural terrain...

Looking east toward Beatty, NV

The next few photos show some of the views we enjoyed on...

 

 

 

 


(Ron Writing) It got down to 26° last night but we stayed nice and warm with our electric heater running all night. That works great when we have hookups.

This morning Elena made banana muffins and omeletttes for breakfast – delicious. We also did a little work around the house before leaving Tonopah late in the morning. We drove south on US-95 to Beatty, NV where we stopped for lunch and gas ($3.499/gal). The 95-mile drive from Tonopah to Beatty is pretty much all down hill going from an elevation of 6,000’ to 3,300’ and then with the strong tail wind we were getting some record gas mileage.

From Beatty we headed southwest on NV-374 over Daylight Pass (4,317’) and then down into Death Valley on CA-190 all the way to Furnace Creek at an elevation of 178’ below sea level. It is very steep from Daylight Pass to the valley floor and we coasted for several miles with the transmission in 2nd and still had to use the brakes quite often.

We arrived at the Furnace Creek CG and found a campsite right across the road from the site where we camped about two years ago when we were here with our friends, Barbara and Archie. The fee is $12/night; no hookups. When we arrived the weather was perfect with temperature in the low 80’s and only a slight breeze. Then about sunset the wind really picked up. Tonight it is gusting very hard and rocking Da Honu at times. It’s still 66° at 10 PM.

We can get a cell phone signal here but it’s the old analog technology so the cell modem doesn’t work. This evening I read that WiFi is available at the visitor center so I’ll go check it out tomorrow.



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