Posted by: harleyhawk43 | March 26, 2015

Catching up!


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So, we are way behind on blog posts, due to so much activity we can’t keep track. Here we will play catch up.

We left Death Valley Sunday, March 15th and stayed at the Hurricane Walmart Sunday night. There was a method to our madness-Last year when we were here (we had to leave early), we found out you have to be in line at the first come, first served campground (South Campground). There is another campground (reservations only), but we never know when we will be some place. Anyway, we got an early start Monday morning and snagged a spot. We have been here since then and won’t leave until Monday 3/30 (2 week stay).

Here are some parting shots from Death Valley before we get into Zion. We have also posted many video clips on Facebook.

Here we have the lowest swimming pool in the world, followed by the lowest golf course in the world, both about 200 feet below sea level.

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Zion- Mostly hiking for the first 10 days and then a long motorcycle ride on Wednesday. Some of these are already posted on FB. Here are a few more.

Watchman’s Trail.

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Observation Point Hike

 

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Hidden Canyon Hike

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That’s it for now. More tomorrow on new friends made and old friends reunited.

 

Posted by: harleyhawk43 | March 17, 2015

The Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley Junction


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Another fascinating site in the Death Valley area is the Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley junction. Started by a ballet dancer, Marta Becket, who decided to leave the hustle bustle of New York City and move to the desert, it is a ballet/opera house in the middle of nowhere. We visited there but did not get a chance to attend a performance. Marta is now in her 90s and the show is now run by a younger protege’. Here are some pictures for your edification and perusal.

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Posted by: harleyhawk43 | March 16, 2015

Death Valley-The Inn at Furnace Creek and other hot spots


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Update-We were at Death Valley for 2 weeks, from March 1 to March 15. The internet there was very poor, so we could not publish much of what we did. We are now about 300 miles away, at Zion, in Utah, and have great internet, so we will play some catch-up.

The Inn at Furnace Creek

The Inn at Furnace Creek, a member of Historic Hotels of America since 2012, was built by the Pacific Coast Borax Company of Twenty Mule Team fame as a means to save their newly built Death Valley Railroad. Designed by prominent Los Angeles architect Albert C Martin and landscape architect Daniel Hull, the Inn was first opened for business in 1927. We went on a tour on 3/6 and here are some of the best photographs.

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Desolate Canyon

On 3/7 after the departure of Captain Canada and Debbie Dewdrops,who needed to head back to British Columbia, we hooked up with John and Mary Wells from Kennybunk ME (Can you believe it!) and John squired us around a lesser known hike in Desolate Canyon. The name says it all, but like most of the canyons our West, it too was beautiful. CC and DD left on a high note since they won the international cribbage tournament semi-finals held in Death Valley. In the quarter finals, held in Imperial Dam, HHH and The Fox slaughtered them so badly that DD was on the verge of tears. The finals, to be held on the road to Alaska in June, promise to be the ultimate slugfest.

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Uhebebe Crater

On March 8, we took our second trip to Uhebebe Crater. We had been there on 3/2 but it was cold and windy, so we went back on a nicer day, on the motorcycles. Here are some spectacular pictures.

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Posted by: harleyhawk43 | March 10, 2015

Scotty’s Castle Part 2


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In out last post we showed you the exterior of Scotty’s Castle here in Death Valley and told you the history of the castle. In this post we will show you the fabulous interior. Enjoy!

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Posted by: harleyhawk43 | March 7, 2015

Scotty’s Castle


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Last Monday, our second full day here, we traveled north, 55 miles from our campground, through gorgeous country, to a site called Scotty’s Castle. Here’s a quick summary of it’s history-you can google for the details.

Scotty (Walter Scott) was a member of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West cowboy performing team, who went on to other adventures after leaving the Wild West show. Ono of them was conning Easterners with money to invest in his Gold Mine in Death Valley. Most of the investors did not want to travel way out to Death Valley to check on their investment, but one, Albert Johnson, did just that. The only problem was there was no gold mine. So, Scotty certainly didn’t want any investors coming out.

Learning of Albert’s trip, Scotty arranged a wagon party to meet the train at the nearest railhead and transport Albert and his party to Death Valley. He also arranged a gang of cowboys to “ambush” the party and scare them away by firing pistols over their heads. The only trouble was, one of the cowpokes, who had been drinking, aimed to low and shot Albert’s brother in the leg. Soon the swindle was exposed, but Scotty, instead of being upset, was enthralled by this real western adventure and became fast friends with Scotty.

Albert send for his wife Bessie and began building a beautiful mansion in the desert. Google either name to get the rest of the story. Pictures of the exterior of the castle are below. Interior on next post. Another fabulous adventure!

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Guess who’s coming to lunch?

 

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Posted by: harleyhawk43 | March 3, 2015

Death Valley Adventure


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Well, we finally got some internet reception here and so I will try to get some of our current adventures posted. When last you saw us, we were in Lake Havasu AZ for the night at Craggy Wash BLM free campground (very basic, no services,no water, no dump station). That was an overnight on our way here to D.V..

I am just going to start off by saying this is at least as good as, if not better than, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Bryce and Zion. Fantastic scenery beyond anything we expected. Also great weather, 50s at night, 70s in the daytime. Camping fees with senior pass are $6 per night and stay as long as you want. We are here with Captain Canada and Debbie Dewdrops who will be leaving Thursday for Canada. When they leave, we will then use the motorcycles to tour around some more. This is the largest national park in the lower 48 (over 3 million acres), so we won’t get to see anywhere near all of it.

The highest recorded temperature in the world occurred here and is 137 degrees Fahrenheit. The valley was created when two plates in the earth’s crust separated and one plate tilted down. Two mountain ranges were formed with the valley in between. The valley gets hardly any rain each year because there are multiple mountain ranges between it and the Pacific Ocean, causing a huge “rain shadow”.

From the valley, as we now sit here, we can actually see snow on the surrounding Panamint Mountains!

Here are some preliminary pictures of the best shots from the first three sites we visited.

Golden Canyon

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Badwater Flats

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Natural Bridge

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Posted by: harleyhawk43 | February 23, 2015

Riding the Wild Hogs to Quartzsite


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Yesterday, after being here at Imperial Dam for a week, we finally got the bikes on the road and took a ride up to Quartzsite. It was a beautiful day albeit somewhat windy. Still and all, it was great to get out for a ride, especially considering that many of our friends have their bikes stored for the winter and are experiencing severe Cabin Fever. We waited until 11 to take off, at which point the temperature was up to about 68. On the way back we took a detour to Martinez Lake for a late lunch. The bar we went to had a two man band playing and we got in a few dance numbers. There was a couple there from Canada who run a dance studio, so we had a mini dance-off. They were excellent, but we held our own. Here are some video clips we took before and during the ride.

Leaving our Campground and Red Fox takes the lead.

Leaving Yuma Army Proving Grounds entry road and passing the “Big Guns”.

Cruising the road from the Proving Grounds to Yuma with “The Power” by Snap! on the tune box.

We bump into some riders from the Iron Order MC out of Laughlin CA

Hawk makes a rare video riding appearence as Red takes over the camera (reluctantly)

Scenic tour back towards Imperial Dam

The rollercoaster, dipsy-do road into Martinez Lake.

Returning to camp.

Posted by: harleyhawk43 | February 21, 2015

Little Grand Canyon Hike


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In the desert near our camp is a hidden canyon called Little Grand Canyon. It is in the middle of nowhere and very difficult to find. We hiked there a few days ago and have some video clips below that will show you this hidden canyon.

Posted by: harleyhawk43 | February 19, 2015

Hiking to Palm Canyon


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Yesterday we hiked to a place called Palm Canyon, off route 95 north of Yuma and south of Quartzsite. This is a unique place in Arizona, because it is the only place in the state where palm trees grow in the wild (not planted by someone). These palm trees are in a narrow canyon that only gets sunshine for a few hours per day and are therefore able to survive in the hot desert. We were accompanied by Captain Canada, Debbie Dewdrops and Larry and Barbara, all of whom will be treking to Alaska with us in June.

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Stumbling upon extra-terrestrial circles, showing possible landing site of space craft from the Planet Ogorphian.

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Performing the ancient circle dance ritual in order to summon the space travelers back to planet Earth, so they can help solve global warming.

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Debbie trying to lure them back in the tried and true tradition.

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We begin the vertical ascent.

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We finally reach the mystical palms.

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Gary finds a rock that he falls in love with.

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Larry acting silly.

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Posted by: harleyhawk43 | February 9, 2015

Riding with the Tucson HOG Chapter


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Video highlights of yesterday’s ride, “Desert Serenade”. 70-75 degree temps with 65 wind chill. Thanks to the Tucson H.O.G. chapter for allowing us to join in on the ride.

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