roadhound Posted October 19, 2007 Report Share Posted October 19, 2007 In another thread on this forum Keep the Show on the Road! and got sidetracked in a discussion about early roads in the vicinity of Death Valley. I had mentioned that I was heading in that direction in November and as typically is the case he was able to post some early maps of the area the piqued my interest. This will be my 4th trip to Death Valley and I hope to do some exploring of early roads through the area. I may be somewhat limited in my explorations as I will be accompanying my son's Boy Scout Troop, however, should the opportunity for exploration arrive I want to be prepared. My first trip to Death Valley was over 27 years ago traveling with my parents. That trip was special because it was the first time I was given the opportunity to drive on a family vacation plus I had graduated from a Kodak Instamatic camera to my then new Olympus OM-1 SLR. The picture quality improved dramatically although I still had a lot to learn about composition and exposure. I had also just finished Mr. Jensen's Earth-Space Science course and was looking forward to seeing the horsts, grabens, alluvial fans, and sand dunes that comprise the geology of the area. My second trip to Death Valley was between Christmas and New Years 1985. I had reached a critical time in my life and needed to do a bit of soul searching. Death Valley was the perfect place to clear the mind. I spent a few days camping near Furnace Creek while I hiked various parts of the park during the day and froze in my sleeping bag at night. The third trip was less than 5 years ago when I took my family on a spring break vacation to the desert. We expected temps in the mid-80 to low-90's but what we ended up with temps in the mid 60's and half a years worth of rain in one night. When the desert gets even a little bit of rain it comes to life and this trip was full of wind and wildflowers. I will hold off on explaining why there are snow plows in Death Valley for now but if anyone wants to make a guess, share an experience about a trip to Death Valley that they have taken, or offer up some advice please post. I am particularly interested in the road coming into the park from the west that goes through Wildrose Canyon. Keep the Show on the Road's! 1941 Map of the Death Valley Area A few pictures from my last trip to Death Valley Roadhound Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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