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Old 11-15-2010, 02:58 PM   #15
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Thanks Steve,

I'll probably try Mesquite Springs this time, don't really want to listen to generators at night or maybe I'll get lucky with one of the canyon cabins....

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I just got back from Mesquite - they do allow generators from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. But it got damned quiet after 7.... Actually, wasn't that loud to begin with there. Now that the 49'ers have gone home, the whole park should be a lot quieter.
Texas Spring is probably the quietest campground there as they do not allow generators.
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Old 11-15-2010, 07:06 PM   #17
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One time I was up exploring the canyons and found a cabin up high in the mountains just as a big storm blew in, a huge cloudburst opened up raining cats and dogs. Barely made it to the cabin, knocked, no one there so I decided to stay there and wait out the storm. It rained all night, the wind came up so strong I thought the roof was going to go. Spectacular lightening and thunder display from the one little window. So I bundled my sleeping bag in, made a nice fire in the fireplace to keep warm and ate dinner. Had a little wine, listened to the wind howl, had some more wine, watched the mice creep around, and went to bed. The next morning it was clear and bright so I drove back down the canyon. Just as I get to the valley floor, I see coming along the dirt road, a covered wagon pulled by a couple of mules with an old fashioned looking couple driving it. My mouth dropped about six inches and I swore I'd never drink wine again. I thought I was either hallucinating or had gone through a time warp. That was my introduction to the 49ers.....

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Old 11-16-2010, 04:33 PM   #18
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Can you find that wine anywhere, or just in California?

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Old 11-16-2010, 07:05 PM   #19
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You have to drink it in California, but it sure put the fear of God in me......
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We've booked a space at Furnace Creek December 20-28, we may go up to Mesquite Springs for a few nights after that. It will be our third Christmas in an Airstream in the last 4 years.
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So are you taking the Sovereign or the Bambi when you go?

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Old 11-17-2010, 07:10 PM   #22
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So are you taking the Sovereign or the Bambi when you go?

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We'll be taking the Sovereign, the two trailers are very similar in length, weight and interior layout, but the Sovereign better meets our needs.

For over three years we traveled thousands of miles with the Bambi in the Southwest and Mexico, and would have continued doing so if I had not encountered the Sovereign in excellent condition and for an asking price I couldn't pass up. It had been parked for some time and needed tires and batteries, but otherwise seemed okay. I installed 180 watts of solar panels to allow the quiet boondocking we enjoy,

I've been giving thought about selling the Bambi for some time now, I don't need the money, and it doesn't cost much to keep around, but it might be nice for someone to be enjoying it as we did. It made sense to keep the Bambi around while we had a chance to check out the Sovereign on short trips close to home.
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I'll look for you up at Mesquite, can't wait to spend New Year's in Death Valley with a nice bottle of bubbly....
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Death Valley is great in the spring, especially if we've had a rain soaked winter. If you want stark terror or want to give yourself a cooling system/brake check, go into the valley off 395 at Cali 190. We did it once.
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Talk about stark terror at Death Valley, another time I went exploring into a canyon, winding up and around and round and then down into a gully of sorts. It was hot and just as I hit the bottom of the gully, the engine quit. I think it vapor locked. I get out, make some lunch, write some postcards, try the engine, nothing doing... The sky starts to darken, then becomes black and it starts to pour. Try the engine, try the engine, still nothing. I pack a small bag to get ready to run and crack the window to listen for the flash flood that I am sure is coming. It is so dark, it looks like night.

Then I see two flashlights coming down the road from high up above in the canyon. I am in the middle of nowhere, alone and far from the civilized part of the park and not feeling good about this. I click the door locked and peer out the cracked window to see two gruff looking guys coming towards me. I tell them about the engine quitting and they say, pop the hood. After a few minutes of their fiddling with the engine, I try starting it again and this time it works. They tell me they have a big camp a little higher up and said they would be happy to drive the truck up for me. The road at this point is nearly straight up and now a muddy mess. I tell them that's OK, I'll try it myself.

I gunned the engine and fishtailed that truck all over the road until I reached their camp. I still wasn't too sure about staying until I saw about fifteen people with women and kids so I pulled in alongside. They ended up making the best dutch oven dinner I think I've ever had so I gave out dry blankets and a sleeping bag for some of them since the downpour had hit them bad and spent the night in my truck.

The next morning had coffee and breakfast with them, everybody all nice and chatty, but then when I went to leave, I got out my camera to take their picture and all of a sudden their demeanor changed and one man came over and said, "No pictures, ma'm, no pictures please." I happily complied and to this day, I have no idea who they were.... Just happy to get out of there safely.
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I got out my camera to take their picture and all of a sudden their demeanor changed and one man came over and said, "No pictures, ma'm, no pictures please." I happily complied and to this day, I have no idea who they were....
There have been reports of Area 51 missing some "consultants".
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I'll never go back!

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Contemplating a visit to Death Valley National Park this winter. I was wondering if anyone would care to comment on the campgrounds in and around the Park? Recommendations?
Hey Gatorboy, not sure what you'er looking for in a campground. But the Bunny and I stayed in great RV park in Shoshone for Thanksgiving two years ago.

We had a great time, touring Death Valley, and the many Hot Springs in the area, (one of them was at the Shoshone RV park. Make sure you visit the China Ranch Date Farm. The days were in the mid 70's and nites were in the low 60's to high 50's. We had Thanksgiving dinner with 17 other campers at the RV park. The owner cooked a turkey and the rest of us supplied the rest of the fix'ens. Love it there, and want to go back next year for thanksgiving...... Trex "May Wally be with you in your travels"


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