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Nov 13, 2014 - PANAMINT Springs

Beautiful PANAMINT Springs Resort again. We got space 1, probably the best spot for a large seating area. View is not as good as some of the others because of a big tree in front. John and Marcy showed up on Friday and we did some jeeping and hiking. Had a good time.

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Apr 24, 2013 - At Wildrose Peak, Death Valley, California

Today we stayed at our campsite in Panamint Springs, and drove to the trailhead for the Wildrose Peak trail. Wildrose Peak is in the central part of Death Valley. We wanted to take this trail because at the summit, you can see the highest and the lowest land in the lower 48 states. The highest is Mount Whitney, at 14,494 feet, and lowest is Badwater, in Death Valley, and 282 feet below sea level. Right at the trailhead are 10 huge charcoal kilns. They look like giant beehives. There were used in the 1870s, but only for 3 years, to make...

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Apr 23, 2013 - At Panamint Springs, California

We visited Mono Lake this morning. The Visitor Center was closed—that’s California for you!—but we thought the Lake looked pretty close from up at the VC so we set off down the hill to the shore. Looks were deceiving—about a mile later we ended up in a bog and so retraced our steps back up to the VC. From the VC we had a beautiful view of Negit Island, an island composed of black volcanic rock. This is where 80% of the West Coast’s seagulls come to nest, every spring and summer. Mono Lake is 60 square miles of alkaline salt water. It’s more...

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Oct 21, 2007 - King's Canyon to Death Valley (Panamint Springs)

This is our big drive day to Death Valley. We set off early having stocked up on all the cold remedies we would find at the little store, and skipped breakfast as the queues were too long. We resolved to stop somewhere on the way for brunch, and did so in Porterville at the Black Bear Diner quite by chance - we used "Shirley" Sat Nav to find "food" in the area and liked the name. Turns out they are quite an institution (see blackbeardiner.com) and we were amazed at the menu, décor and portions! "Shirley" then blotted her copybook a bit...

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Mar 4, 2007 - Dramatically Dazzling Death Valley

Our impression on arriving in Death Valley was like most, overwhelmed by its immensity and extremes - over 3 million acres making it the largest national park in the lower 48 states. As Ken said when asked his initial reaction, "WOW." Our first stop was at Furnace Creek Visitor Center where we stopped to get some help planning our enormous challenge - see as much as possible in three days. After a brief conversation and look at the map, we decided that because of the location of our campground at the western most edge of the park, we needed...

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