Our plan was to head north out of Las Vegas on highway 160 towards Pahrump, and take the Old Spanish Trail Highway to Death Valley which looked like an interesting way to go. Unfortunately we missed the turn-off and rather than go back we decided to go on to Pahrump and have lunch and then take a different route. After an unexciting lunch at Denny's, we took Nevada Highway 372 (which turns into California 178) west towards the town of Shoshone and on into Death Valley National Park on Badwater Road. It was an interesting drive, but if you've ever been to Death Valley you know it's a stark barren landscape which is part of the allure of the area.
We decided to splurge and stay at the Furnace Creek Inn this trip, and we would be meeting our friends Michael and Mikie who were coming in from Atascadero. We reached the Inn around three and were soon in our room awaiting the arrival of Michael and Mikie.
|The main entrance to the inn.|
The Furnace Creek area is an oasis in the middle of this barren land. The Furnace Creek Inn is considered one of the great lodges of the national park system and you can see why. It is a historic building, built in 1927, and is very elegant inside. The grounds of the Inn are beautiful with waterfalls, ponds and palm trees all accessible by wandering paths and stairs.
|Our room is circled in red, you can see the deck to the left.|
|The deck outside our room.|
|The view of the grounds and Death Valley from the deck.|
|Val, Michael and Mikie enjoying the beautiful evening.|