We’ve finally reached the California Desert. After all, the whole point of this trip was to retrace the routes and locations listed in my Frugal Shunpiker’s Guides to update the information. So here we go….. I guess the “work” part of the trip has officially kicked in. If only all “work” was so enjoyable!
Our first destination: Death Valley National Park. With winter moving into spring, we wanted to arrive while temperatures were still below average. In Death Valley, “below average” means temps are still a 2-digit number. Whew – we made it. Barely!
It was a quick visit – we knew what we needed to check in the park, knew where we could camp just outside the park entrances (at higher, cooler elevation) and spent just enough time to drive our favorite scenic loops, and take in one new-to-us hike.
Mojave National Preserve
Our next destination, Mojave National Preserve, was a much longer stop, provided more appealing temperatures and we spent six nights in total. Two in each of three very distinct sections of the park.
Second overnight camping stop in Mojave National Preserve was at Kelso Dunes. It’s one of only 30 singing dune fields in the world!Randy hiked to the top of the dunes. Not a fan of dune hiking, I went for a “more sensible” walk myself. He shook so much sand from his boots and pockets after that hike that I think he could have been fined; removing natural resources from the park is an offence.
We saved our favorite section of this park for last: Hole in the Wall.
One thing was consistent throughout the park. We kept running into this guy. He seemed to be hopping from bush to bush. I’m sure I saw him hiding colorful Easter Eggs. We hope he made it to your area this weekend too! Wherever you are!
Days on the road at time of writing: 34
Camping costs to date: $18