Mar 14, 2012

Death Valley, CA

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Living in Las Vegas is an ideal location for nature lovers.  Most people come to Vegas to check in, cash in, light up, and 'check out'.  They go home without ever setting foot into the desert or one of the many national parks in our backyard. Vegas has one of the best proximity locations to the greatest destinations in the Southwest USA. I do love Vegas for the shows, gambling, and good food, but it's the Nevada desert I truly love. When I suffer Vegas-sensory overload, I grab Dori and go refresh my spirit with a desert escape. Last weekend's trip to Death Valley was no exception, and maybe one of the most unforgettable. Death Valley - one of the hottest, lowest, and largest national parks in the world. A quiet and desolate martian dreamland. Spirits = fully refreshed.

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The sand dunes brought me back to my days in Saudi Arabia. I noticed I had lost my dunes calluses from the hot Saudi sand.  We decided to wait until sunset to put our bare feet in the therapeutic sand. It was Dori's first time playing on sand dunes. 

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Shortly after eating these yummy cupcakes, out of nowhere, a fellow blogger passed us on this very road above.  I knew it was him, there was no doubt...only if I had a photo to prove it.  Even so, I would have been too slow on the trigger.  His blog here.

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I will be taking a break for some spring cleaning.  I won't be able to visit my blogger friends as often as I would like but I will be around to check on y'all when I can. Happy Blogging!

20 comments:

  1. Your photos are amazing!! Yeah, I can understand the sensory-overload induced trance Vegas can produce. But the desert? Great place to hit the reset button, so to speak.

    Those cupcakes look yummy, by the way. So cool you recognized a fellow blogger on the road! (Even if you didn't get a photo.)

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    1. Thank you Sonya you're too kind! You've been to Vegas so you know what I'm talking about.;) You're a desert lover like me and it's nice to know others that feel the same way. Wouldn't it be cool if you and Livie took the long route to Oma's... and I saw you two on the same road as the blogger. LOL I would probably faint. Have a nice spring break.

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  2. Your photos are getting better post after post Sandy!
    I always thought the desert should be an interesting place to visit, but I had never imagined how beautiful it could be!
    In Peru I visited the desert for the first time and I was so overwhelmed that my eyes filled with tears. Now I know what you mean. :)
    Have a good break my dear friend, hope to see you here soon. ;-)

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    1. You're the sweetest Lúcia! I didn't realize you went and saw a desert in Peru. How awesome! =) Don't you love when places on earth make you feel overwhelmed with emotions. I love that. It makes me feel connected somehow. I will be visiting you...i can't stay away for too long! =)

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  3. Thank you for this day trip to Death Valley. I have never been there so I enjoyed discovering the area through your beautiful photos. Looks like those cute cupcakes came in handy at the end of a busy day... What different parts of the country we live in! Today, it is raining/snowing in Seattle. It is damp, cold and grey. You understand why I enjoyed visiting your blog! Good luck with spring cleaning. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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    1. You're very welcome but I should be thank you for your thoughtful and sweet comments! Those cupcakes were also sweet et délicieux. Miam miam!;) I'm happy to know you visit my blog for a change of scenery. That makes me smile. Is it time for la belle France yet Veronique? =)

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  4. Fantastic photos, Sandy. I would love to have a few of those on my WALL!!! I have been to Vegas...only to leave empty-handed! I can relate to the fact that until one really spends time or lives in the desert do you begin to truly appreciate it...

    Have a nice break...good for the spirit!

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    1. Thank you Teresa...you are too kind!!! =) I usually leave empty handed too.lol You understand about desert living - it's not for everyone.;) And a few truly appreciate it. I will try to have a nice break. ;)

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  5. I agree with Teresa... those Death Valley photos are sooooo good, they really should be framed and displayed. I really enjoy your photography. As much time as I spend in the desert, yet I've never been to Death Valley. Needless to say, it's very high on my list of places to go. Enjoy your break!

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    1. Thank you Spare Parts. =) That's a total compliment coming from a guy with an amazing banner on his blog. I hope you make it out to Death Valley. I would say, March is a fantastic time to go to this part of the desert. Have a nice week!

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  6. Beautiful shots Sandy. The cupcakes looks very tasty too.

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    1. Thank you Randy. Tasty they were! Hope your week is great. =)

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  7. Great shots! How far is that from Las Vegas? The wife and I may be in Vegas in May and I'd love to take a drive out there if it's not too far away.

    Great shots by the way. Loved the top shot and the shot with all of the palm trees!

    Spring cleaning? That doesn't sound fun at all!

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    1. Thank you Ron! Death Valley is an hour and 40 min. away. to Furnace Creek. We took the shortest distance there. There are quite a few ways to get there. You don't want to get lost out there in the summer!;) May will be a furnace for sure. I would suggest Red Rock Canyon. Only 30 min. away from Vegas. Y'all could drive the scenic loop- Vegas best kept secret. You will be back in time for the show, buffet and gambling.lol More info here: http://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/index.html

      We are doing some renovations to the place...no fun but I will be so happy when this old carpet is out of here. ;) Have an awesome week!

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  8. A Great adventure you two girls had!
    Hope Dora enjoyed the desert. Always fun to introduce someone to a new enviroment! Neat pic of the sand running thru your hands!
    Cupcakes in Death Valley? How cool is that! Couldn't help from noticing, but is that Scotty's Castle in the background of the RV pic?
    Your Palm Tree photos are great, and that Sunset Pic, 'Wish I was there!'
    Ari and Spirit's photos have been an inspiration since he began his adventure!

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  9. Hi Parker!! Dora had a good time.lol Thanks for the compliments with the pix...I would have shared some cupcakes if y'all were around.;) You have such a good eye Parker! I didn't get to Scotty's Castle this trip. You're looking at Furnace Creek Resort. Ari and Spirit's photos are amazing aren't they! Glad you you find them inspiring. =) Have a fantastic week!!!

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  10. Love those desert sand dune shots! Enjoy your time away.

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    1. Thank you Redpat! =) Happy Blogging!!

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  11. I once again enjoyed glancing at your previous post :) I also enjoyed all of your photos from this post. They are really meditative for me. I hope you won't be gone too long. At least I will wait for your return.

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    1. Thank you Olga. =) I appreciate your always thoughtful and sweet comments. I will be back soon and thanks for waiting! =)

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