Photography by Ronald J. Parker and Yvonne Adan

Death Valley

It was discussed that we take a trip to the Death Valley to photograph its natural wonders. I had taken the trip to Death Valley in the early 1970's. At that time we would be doing a hike of Avawatz mountain with the Sierra Club. So we drove to Baker and drove north and stayed overnight in a camper/tent with my parents and the Bradfords. After our hike we packed up and drove north to Tonapa and used their baths. On Sunday we drove up through Death Valley and stopped at Ashworth Mill, Badwater, Furnace Creek, and Shosone.

The Trip

We started by driving to San Francisco on Saturday. We stayed with Sam for three nights We went to De Young Museum on Sunday. On Monday went downtown to Ferry Bldg. We took the ferry round trip to Sausalito and then met Sam and Wendy for dinner.
Then left going over Donner Pass. We took a trip from Truckee down to North Lake Tahoe and back to Reno over Mt. Rose highway. It was a clear day but ran into some snow flurries above 8000 ft on Mt. Rose Highway. We stayed overnight in Reno and then headed south through Carson City. Carson City is a small city to be a state capital. On one street is the Legislature building and the Supreme Court of Nevada. On another street is the back of legislature and State Museum of Nevada.

It was another clear day and nice shots of the snow on East face of Sierras. We took a side trip to Mono Lake and June Lake Loop. We were coming down Sherman Grade as the sun set. We had dinner in Bishop and continued to Lone Pine for overnight.
We took a ride through the Alabamas and then headed East to Death Valley. It was very windy in Death Valley with sand whipping in sand dune area by Stove Pipe Wells. We took a ride through the Artist Drive but hard to exit car without wind wanted to whip open the car doors. Then a walk up Golden Canyon. The wind was not as strong there. Then back to Furnace Creek for the night.We stayed in a 1920's era cabin that was originally for the workers. It still had rope pull windows but did have air conditioning and a overhead fan. It is interesting to note that Furnace Creek supplies housing for the people that work there. Also a one megawatt photovoltaic solar array.
The next day to Barstow and then back home with a stop at Filmore Fish Hatchery..


De Young Museum Tower, Yerba Buena Garden Statue, Old Snowcat on Mt. Rose Hyw, Walker River, Mono Lake in Winter Colors, Figure? at Alabamas, Golden Canyon, desert flowers and Fillmore Fish Hatchery.

De Young Museum TowerYerba Buena Gardens StatueOold snowcat at SunridgeWalker RiverMono Lake brush

Alabama Hills rock looks like a pig's eye and snoutGol;den Canyon viewYellow gold fields floweregret at fillmore fish hatchery

Photo of multiple man at yerba buena gardens Alabama Hills rocks Walker River
            Tufa in winter colors

Yerba Buena Gardens

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Lake Tahoe

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Walker River

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Mono Lake

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Golden Canyon

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Desert Flowers

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