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Campsite Photo Trip - 2013

Valley of Death

CampsitePhotos.com 2013 Photo Tour kicks off with the Valley of Death!

Greg's first stop on his epic 7 month, 10k mile, 9 state Photo Tour started in Death Valley National Park. The park recently remodeled and renumbered Furnace Creek campground and we now have the new campsite photos up on the site. He also reshot Texas Springs campground and those campsite photos have also been posted on the site.

Death-Valley-Sign

The drive in was fun on the 190 off of US 395.

Up hills,

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and down hills.

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I stayed at Texas Springs Campground about a mile from Furnace Creek.

Texas-Springs-Sign

I set up camp and decided to cook some tacos and enjoy the hot sauce my nephews gave me for Christmas.

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I guess the smell of tacos carries far in the desert air because soon Glenn showed up.

Tacos-1

He saved me a couple and we enjoyed a campfire before I retired to my tent and Glenn went back to the resort.

This is what my campsite looked like.

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I could of sworn I heard the sound of running water during the night. See that bit of shrubbery in front of my car?

Campsite-Morning

Well they don't call it Texas Springs for nothing. Behold!

Springs

I walked the campground and took photos. It was very crowded. You can barely see my car, trailer and tent in the middle of the next picture.

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Afterwards I had lunch with Glenn at the resort and then went back to camp to hide from the sun in a tiny bit of shade next to my car.

Normally at this time of year the temperature is around 75 - 80 degrees. It was approaching triple digits during my three day visit. Well, at least it wasn't raining. It cooled off a bit at sunset and some clouds moved in for some nice photos.

Campsite-Sunset Texas-Springs-Sunset

The next morning I played the part of a coyote and chased around a road runner before heading down to the Furnace Creek campground.

Road-Runner-2 Furnace-Creek-Sign

They put in a new Visitor Center here a few years ago.

Furnace-Creek-Visitor-Center

They closed the campground down for the 2011 - 2012 season for some remodeling also renumbered all the sites. And they added a big surprise, which I will get to shortly.

The sites are now numbered 10 - 87 and 100 - 150. Makes sense I guess. Three more group sites were added. I really liked Group Site 5. Perfect for a small gathering and has some shade.

Furnace-Creek-Group-Site-5

Now for the big surprise. They added several full hookup sites! Numbers 39, 41, 43, 45, 47, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 67, 68, 69, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, and 77.

Unfortunately the Park Service was still in the process of deciding how much to charge for electricity so the power boxes were locked up. Yep. 100 degrees and the big RV's are hooked up to water and sewer only. Surprise! I'm sure they'll have it figured out before it really gets hot.

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I am heading south now towards Alamo Lake State Park in Arizona. There were some nice views on the way out along the 190 and 127.

The first picture is from Dante's Peak, the second was taken roadside about 40 miles later.

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About 30 miles north of Baker a sandstorm propelled by 40 mph winds blew across the road. Visibility was reduced to about 20 feet. I attempted to take some photos while driving. We will see how they turned out in the next blog post.

Regards, Park Ranger

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