The High Desert: Climbing 5000’ from the San Joaquin Valley into the high desert and descending to sea level in Death Valley, we entered an alien landscape of Junipers, Joshua trees, Cholla cacti; barren desert; ghost towns, and sand dunes.
Sadly, the old Onyx store was closed when we passed. The Kern Valley, past Onyx, en route to Walker Pass. Walker Pass, 1600 m elevation, was our second encounter with snow since leaving home but snow covered Joshua Trees seemed quite alien. Isabella Lake campground, summer temperatures can exceed 100F but this morning it was deserted, cold, and windy. The Searless Valley RV park had seen better times ;) Paramint Valley at 540 m, en route to Death Valley another 500 meters lower. A side trip to Wildrose Valley took us back up to 2100 meters and snow at the old dry stone kilns (built in 1877) used to produce charcoal. From the charcoal kilns we descended back to shirt sleave weather and the sand dunes at Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley. Contents
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The High Desert: Climb- ing 5000’ from the San Joaquin Valley into the high desert and descending to sea level in Death Valley, we entered an alien land- scape of Junipers, Joshua trees, Cholla cacti; barren desert; ghost towns, and sand dunes.
Sadly, the old Onyx store was closed when we passed. The Kern Valley, past Onyx, en route to Walker Pass. Walker Pass, 1600 m elevation, was our second encounter with snow since leaving home but snow covered Joshua Trees seemed quite alien. Isabella Lake campground, summer temperatures can exceed 100F but this morning it was deserted, cold, and windy. Trona, at the Searles dry lake once mined Borax in the late 1800s, it now produces sodium carbonate The Searless Valley RV park had seen better times ;) Paramint Valley at 540 m, en route to Death Valley another 500 meters lower. A side trip to Wildrose Valley took us back up to 2100 meters and snow at the old dry stone kilns (built in 1877) used to produce charcoal. From the charcoal kilns we descended back to shirt sleave weather and the sand dunes at Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley.
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