RVing - West Coast to East Coast and Back Again or Big Loop of the USA 2007 travel blog

20 mule team borax wagongs and water tank

gold spot sunflowers in Death Valley

purple physillia and desert marigolds

Artist Palette

Titus Canyon

The Needles Eye and the Panamint Mtns.

Remnants of the Inyo Mine

Sand Dunes

Sand Dunes 2

Mark by Manly Beacon

Mark & Patti by the Natural Bridge

Titus Canyon colors

The Guys by the waterfall

Devil's Golfcourse and Telescope Peak

Patti on the Golfcourse (salt formations)

Close up of salft crystals

Marble Canyon

Titus Canyon back road

Orchard blooms on the way to Lotus

hot air baloom flying over our Campside on the American River

American River from our front window

The boys waiting for their breakfast

Vineyards of Young Winery

Our campsite at Ponderosa RV Park in Lotus, CA

 

Bray Winery

Wine tasting at Toscano Winery

Mark at Toscano

Califoronia Poppies on the roadside


MON 3-3

Sadly, we leave Death Valley as it is one of our favorite places. It is totally awesome, wild canyons, breath taking views and colors and shadows that change hour to hour. A true geological wonder. You can see all the forces of nature here from one extreme to another. The weather has been great, a couple days it was in the 90's. Yesterday was the only day that was not pleasant. We had winds with 60 mph gusts but it was still warm and sunny and we didn't plan on doing anything anyway. The gold spot sunflowers were just beginning to bloom on our arrival. Now they cover miles and miles of desert floor; fields and fields of yellow blossoms with a light and lovely fragrance that wafts over you with each passing breeze. It is a wonderland! On our way out today we passed other wildflowers starting to bloom, purple phsyillia, white daisies and assorted primroses to list a few. As we had no hook ups here, so we enjoyed the evenings by sitting by the fire, playing board games, reading and going to the evening Ranger talks at the Visitors Center next door. The days we spent roaming the back country and doing some heavy duty 4 wheeling in the canyons and washes. Titus Canyon was an all day wild and rough ride. We only encountered a couple other cars besides us. That night we were all beat even the dogs so we went to bed early at 9pm but "What a day it was'! Furnace Creek and Stovepipe Wells have many Ranger guided walks so we took advantage of as many as we could. The Rangers are so knowledgeable and interesting and you learn so many things you would never know going on your own. Nighttime was spectacular as the starts were so bright and looked so close you felt you could almost reach up and touch them. On our last night we went on a nighttime Ranger walk and he explained the constellations visible in the night sky. It was a nice ending to our stay. If any of you have a chance to visit Death Valley, do so, we highly recommend it. Tonight we are staying in Mojave, CA and tomorrow we will spend the night at "Costco in Stockton,CA. then Wednesday we will be in Lotus, CA.(Amador county wine country). We will spend a few days checking out the various wineries and do a little more "tasting of the grape". On the way to Lotus we passed miles of fruit and nut orchards all in bloom as well as the California poppies along the roadside. Every spring in California, we would take a drive to the Palmdale area to see the poppies in mass all over the hillsides. As we approached Calaveras/Amador counties the landscape changed to vineyards. Each grape type is pruned and trellised differently so it was interesting to try to decide which grape was which. All these flowers and blossoms are giving me "Spring Fever" and the desire to play in my garden again.

WED 3/5

We are in Lotus at the Ponderosa RV Park in a spot right on the American River. As we are down in a little canyon we haven't any phone, TV or internet service. I'll update when we get to town. Tomorrow we will hit the wineries starting with Montevina Winery to pick up our spring shipment of wines. We love all the hearty reds in this area, we believe to be the best reds in the country.

SAT 3-8

We had a great time going through all the wineries and the beautiful grape vineyards. As usual we spent too much money as some of the wines were impossible to pass by. It is like the old Napa valley used to be, lots of small wineries with friendly and fun people. Napa has become too snobbish in the last decade. Today is a down day, catching up on the website and cards. We are going into Placerville to look around. It was a famous gold mine town years ago and it has retained its quaint and folksy charm. The old Marshall Gold Mill & mine remnants are here in Coloma just down from where we are staying. So we will just putz around here till we leave on Tues.morning



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