Turns out I share November birthdays with not only Mike and my sister Jennifer, but several other friends as well. Two of those friends live fairly close to Reno.
For a few years now we’ve talked about meeting up somewhere warm and sunny for car-camping and a few days of exploring, eating good food and drinking adult beverages.
They have a pop up trailer and we have The Sprinter — add in a little fantastic scenery and you have truly deluxe accommodations.
Well, this year we finally made it happen. We spent a few days in Eureka Valley, which is a couple valleys west of Death Valley itself. It’s actually part of Death Valley National Park, but receives far less visitation because access is a little more difficult over fairly rough gravel roads.
We all thought it was a perfect place to wander around for a few days. We explored big sand dunes and searched (unsuccessfully) for petroglyphs one day, went up a peak the next day, and finished off the weekend in one of the many canyons that empty into Eureka Valley.
And, as it turned out, the weather we had — upper 70s during the day and mid 40s at night — was the tail end of Indian Summer. Area temps are now 40 degrees cooler, and there is snow in them thar hills. A fine way to celebrate four birthdays!
Here are some pictures from the trip — Click on any image to enlarge it.