Yesterday morning was still quite windy with intermittent drizzle, so we waited it out and by 11 the wind had died down and we decided to leave Catalina Spa to make our way towards Death Valley. Concerned that it might be too hot in Death Valley to dry camp and leave the cats in the Lazy Daze while we go off sightseeing and hiking all day, a couple weeks ago I began checking recreation.gov multiple times a day, and finally lucked into a three night cancelation at Furnace Creek campground for a full hookup site beginning today, March 8. We didn’t want to make the 283 mile drive in one day, so yesterday we drove about 190 miles to Silurian Dry Lake, BLM land about 20 miles north of Baker, CA.
There is absolutely nothing here but us, which means it’s amazingly quiet. We found a few flowers and creosote bushes on our walk through the dry lake bed.
And watched the sunset over the Avawatz Mountains.
The ground is hard and level enough that we didn’t have to disconnect the car so it’s a great place to overnight. And we have good Verizon 4G, which we will be losing as we enter Death Valley today. I hope to be able to post a few photos using the wifi at the visitor center. We would like to stay beyond our three night reservation, depending on the weather, so we may be out of touch for awhile. That is if Jim can stand being away from the internet. We’ll see.