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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Part 6 Death Valley National Park - Day 2 Furnace Creek

Some folks called it hell.

Furnace Creek Inn
Originally built as a working ranch in the 1880s it is now a complete resort complex called Furnace Creek... 


27 comments:

Pat said...

134 degrees?!!! How could anyone want to live in that heat? It's no wonder the population is 31!

This is a very interesting post about Furnace Creek. I hadn't heard of it before. I enjoyed reading the history of it.

Corker2 said...

Again, you have made a interesting Post for me. A recorded high temp. of 134 degrees! Geez! That's quite hot, to say the least. I've had it when it get's close to 100 degrees here in the summer. Just can't take the heat like I used to.

That Inn must be pretty nice. Like you said, it's too rich for me also. I'm not a fancy person, so I don't really need anything like that. Now I know the story behind the 20 Mule Team Borax product. I had forgotten all about that stuff. Even though it's very hot there, I'd like to snoop around first hand and see for myself.

Thanks for your Post.
Les

Craver Vii said...

A swanky resort in the middle of hell... now THAT'S funny!!

Diane AZ said...

I like the names of those places, Furnace Creek, Death Valley, and Funeral Mountains. The inside of the Borax Museum looks interesting. Looking forward to learning about Natural Bridge Canyon!

Carolyn said...

Gaelyn, your post is informative and very interesting. There is so much history in our countries most of us know so little of. Thank you for doing such a fine job of interpreting it for us and your photos are wonderful. Have fun and have a great weekend.
Smiles

dowhatyoulove said...

Wow, what an interesting place. Indeed a place to visit and not live..... Your pictures and words tell a good story about the area! That resort does look mighty fancy, but quite a nice oasis in such a place.

tapirgal said...

Thanks for visiting my Astoria, Oregon, Daily Photo. You helped me discover your wonderful blog, which I've now linked to my side bar. I look forward to coming back often.

JOE TODD said...

What an interesting area. Found myself trying to find some "borax" at the food market

Glennis said...

Very interesting I haven't seen much of Death Valley before. It would have been a bit bouncy in the old stage coach, but travel by the old railway would of been fun provided it wasn't as hot as that hottest day!

Gill - That British Woman said...

now that is hot, what an interesting post, I have never ever been there, but what you're telling us it's worth the trip.

Gill in Canada

Natural Moments said...

It is interesting to see that the highest point (Mt. Whitney)and the lowest point in the continental u.s. (Death Valley) are within walking range of each other. The diversity between the two points is astounding.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I'm glad someone had the foresight to preserve this area as a national park. But i have to admit I cannot even imagine a temperature of 134!

Carolyn said...

Hi Gaelyn,
Thanks for stopping by. I find I get a little cabin feverish in Jan and February so I have been going off island to visit the rest of Canada. I am headed off to Ottawa at the end of the month and will be housesitting, a house, 2 dogs, 1 cat and a riding snow removal tractor....yea ha! for 4 months so that I can welcome my first grandchild into the world. My daughter and son-in-law live in Ottawa and are Baby boy Smyth is due at the end of February.
I belong to an International housesitting organization call Homecarers.com where you can register as a housesitter from anywhere from a week to half a year all over the world. Like anything else it is buyer beware but I have had nothing but great experiences.
Are you still heading off to South Africa this winter/spring???
Smiles

Janie said...

Furnace Creek, Funeral Mts, Death Valley. Who's in charge of PR in that place?!
I'd like to visit it in February - or maybe November had comfortable temps, too?

dAwN said...

Yikes.thats pretty hot ..well looks like this time of year is best to visit there..I am hoping to stop there on our way to Vegas..any campground you would recommend?

Damama T said...

I'd never considered visiting there before, but you make it sound so ineresting that I'm going to have to figure out how to work it my travel plans some day.

Being a ranger must be wonderful. I can only imagine going all the places you've been. And thank you for being a part of taking care of our natural resources. Not everyone is willing to do it. Those who do are special. Like you.

Louise said...

There are LOTS of towns in North Dakota with a population of less than 31. Although with age, I'm liking warmer weather better than cold, 134 might be a bit extreme.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Oh what a pity about the railroad. I think it would have been the perfect way to see the place.

I this area is so steeped in history and I am still sorry I missed it. Thanks you for your wonderful pictures and fantastic information Gaelyn.

Light and Voices said...

Your header is amazing!
Joyce M

Lorac said...

Not a wonder the population is low. Still, what a great place to visit! Love the pics!

Small City Scenes said...

Man that is so interesting. A working ranch in Death Valley. the place looks fantastic---to rich for me too.
Great info as usual and too funny about getting so into things you forgot to take pics. LOL MB

Barb said...

I liked this look back to the past - the old stage coach and the old black pot hanging on the wall were wonderful! Hope your dial-up starts working better. Don't understand why it would change the way you see the blogs. I'd think it would just be slower.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Gaelyn: Great photos from that part of Death Valley.

jeannette stgermain said...

I've been told that you have to make reservations to stay in a hotel (there's only one, right?) a year before - I'm beginning to get the picture why:)

Silver Fox said...

You have such a great set of Death Valley posts!

Firefly said...

I am all for preservation and remembering the past. To see museums and visitor centres like this always warms my heart.

Quiet Paths said...

That truly is a barren landscape but the rock formations you've been posting are truly amazing. But I've said that before!

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