Saturday, March 12, 2016

Death Valley Lives!

When I found out that Death Valley was doing its 10 year "superbloom", I had to check it out.  So we loaded up the convertible and took off across Highway 6 to Beatty.  The next morning we spent a few hours touring the park and were quite amazed at the spectacular scene in what is normally quite dead!
Entering the park, it seems the flowers were concentrated along the roadside.



But as we got into the park basin (below sea level!), the flowers were spread across the landscape.






Eventually we just had to pull over and explore a bit on foot.  We discovered several nice little bunches of delicate flowers.













Quite an experience.  And I always love Zabriskie Point (the movie was weird), amazing formations. and colors.




And finally, a few more shots of the park, and across the park to the snowcapped peaks bordering the park on the west.




Friday, March 11, 2016

This Post Is Radioactive!

So we take off on a little road trip along Route 6 through Nevada, then dropped down to Beatty for the night.  We just had to stay at the Atomic Inn!


Interesting history, former barracks for atomic workers at the nearby bomb test range, then a motel that became very run down, and currently, and slowly, undergoing a revival as a fun place to stay.   A motel front with triplex cabins in the rear.   Read more on the cool web site.




Pretty fun at night!


All in all I can't say this was that great of a motel, but it was fun.  Think sparce, but at least clean.  Hopefully the future bodes well reclaiming this property.  But I doubt you'll get a fancy room for $50 when the renovations are complete.

And now I am radioactive!