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    Annual Death Valley Run

    For more years than I've been a member, our club has ridden over to Death Valley on the last weekend of October. I posted a few of these in the Photo Assignment 10/2707 thread. Here are a few more with the added advantage of processing.



    This is New Guy Bob who brought along Pee Wee for her first M/C camping trip. Everyone in our group really dug Pee Wee. Bob seemed real nice, too.



    Brad peruses the menu in Panamint Springs. It's a decent restaurant but they seem only able to cook a few meals at a time. Beware large groups.



    Sassafrass, the reataurant's mascot, walked right up and crawled between Brad's Camel Back and jacket. She seemed quite happy.



    Once we got to Stovepipe Wells, it became apparent that Myram and Karen weren't having any fun at all.



    Although it never dipped below 50 degrees, we had a campfire each night, complete with guitar-playing, cigar-smoking, and whiskey drinking.



    Due to the California wildfires, there was a great deal of smoke in the valley. As a result, scenic pictures were hard to come by. I'm sure the thousands of people whose homes are threatened--or who have lost homes--wish they had something so simple to complain about.



    No trip to Death Valley is complete without a stop in Rhyolite. This little fellow came up from underneath the bottle house.



    Said bottle house.



    In front of the bank at Rhyolite.



    A scultpure in Rhyolite.



    Lots of desert weirdness.



    Took a short ride down Mustard Canyon, 221 feet below sea level. The flames on the Zumo unit are kind of inside joke. Nothing to get excited about, move along.



    Salt Creek. Death Valley, at times of the year, can be one of the harshest environments on the planet.



    Salt Creek. You just don't expect to find water in Death Valley. Apparently this is home to Salt Creek Pupfish, the only survivor of Lake Manly which dried up at the end of the last ice age in what is now Death Valley.



    On the way home, outside Panamint, near Father Crowley Point.



    Stopped for a quick rest at Lake Isabella.



    According to my GPS, the lake was down quite a bit, apparently.



    My parting shot, at Lake Isabella.

    We had a great trip: lots of miles, lots of laughs, lots of pictures. Thanks for looking. If you are interested, the rest of the pictures are here.
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    Thumbs up Wow!!!

    Excellent pictures! I'm a hack compared to you dude!!

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    Death Valley is gorgeous - looks like a nice trip. And great pictures as usual!!

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    Tom - you going to join us for DVD in Jan?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SNC1923 View Post



    No trip to Death Valley is complete without a stop in Rhyolite. This little fellow came up from underneath the bottle house.
    Nice report!
    That's known as a Gopher Snake. Many people mistake them for rattlers.
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    I would.

    If it's a snake I don't want to get close enough to identify anything!

    Gorgeous photos from fun times. What could be sweeter?

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    October? Never thought about that before. Gone in November. August too. But this
    would be a great time.

    Nice shots too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voni View Post
    I would.

    If it's a snake I don't want to get close enough to identify anything!

    Gorgeous photos from fun times. What could be sweeter?

    Voni
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    The Myram and Karen photo

    is one of the happiest photos I've ever seen. You did an excellent job with the shots. This particular one is priceless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KBasa View Post


    Where you are now, you might want to know who's gonna get ugly with ya and who's not when you're camping.

    Javelina are pretty ugly . . .

    We met one up close and personal last Thursday camping in Rio Grande Village!

    I'm not getting close to those either.

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    What's Death Valley like December through February as far as temperatures? Sure looks like a fun place to ride with adequate preparation.

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    Randy Kasal

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkasal View Post
    What's Death Valley like December through February as far as temperatures? Sure looks like a fun place to ride with adequate preparation.

    Regards,


    Randy Kasal
    Typically, it's in the high 60s or low 70s during the day and in the 40s at night. Of course, it can be warmer or colder... especially colder. It can rain, but it generally doesn't.

    Also, all the entrances to Death Valley are via relatively high passes, which can get snow, even if there's no precipitation on the valley floor.
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