Black Mesa Trip: Part One

Spring Break is here. We usually take a trip around mid-March, and this year was no different. A lot of the time, we drive down to the Texas coast to enjoy the state parks and national seashore (where the spring-breaking college students are not, because it costs money to get in). This year, however, was…

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Winter Death Valley Trip: Day Ten

– Carlsbad, New Mexico to Denton, Texas – Well, this is it. We’re finally home. Everyone is pretty sick today, and there’s not much that’s interesting to see between Carlsbad and Denton that we haven’t seen before, so today wasn’t a very eventful day. In fact, Mark and I only took 7 pictures for the…

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Winter Death Valley Trip: Day Nine

– Tucson, Arizona to Carlsbad, New Mexico – So that ‘g’ in Saguaro? You pronounce it ‘wah.’ Check it out if you don’t believe me. I only bring it up because it’s a silly pet peeve of mine, and of course because we visited Saguaro National Park today. I suppose I’m getting slightly ahead of myself,…

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Winter Death Valley Trip: Day Eight

– Indio, California to Tucson, Arizona – Indio is an interesting place. It is filled with snowbirds in RVs and trailer houses this time of year. I guess I should define the term snowbird, in case you’ve never spotted one for yourself. A ‘snowbird’ is a person, typically a retiree, who spends the hot summer…

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Winter Death Valley Trip: Day Seven

– Primm, Nevada to Indio, California – There’s really nowhere to run in Primm, Nevada. In fact, there’s not a lot in Primm Nevada at all. Aside from lots of solar energy, a water treatment plant, casinos, a handful or restaurants, and a gas station, there’s really nothing here. The whole area encompasses maybe a…

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Winter Death Valley Trip: Day Six

– Stovepipe Wells, California to Primm, Nevada – It’s time to leave Death Valley. Today was our last day in the park. Tonight we’re spending the night in Primm, Nevada, at another casino, with this one in the middle of nowhere. Who knew they even put them this far away from Vegas? I’m heartily sick of…

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Winter Death Valley Trip: Day Five

– Stovepipe Wells, California to Death Valley National Park – Today, Mark and I got up bright and early to walk down the Mosaic Canyon Road to the mouth of the canyon to get our exercise. Like I mentioned yesterday, dogs are only allowed on roads, not on the park’s trails, so while Ripley couldn’t…

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Winter Death Valley Trip: Day Four

– Las Vegas, Nevada to Stovepipe Wells, California – Well, it’s New Year’s Day. Happy New Year to everyone reading along. I know it probably isn’t what most people would say, but thank goodness we’re leaving Vegas. I’m not going to miss it at all. We still got up at 7am this morning, which is…

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Winter Death Valley Trip: Day Three

– Flagstaff, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada- So as you might imagine, I’m writing this post from the morning of New Year’s Day, rather than last night, even though this is the post for New Year’s Eve. It would’ve been pretty hard to write it last night after we got back to our hotel around…

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Winter Death Valley Trip: Day Two

– Amarillo, Texas to Flagstaff, Arizona – Man is it cold on winter trips. It’s a pain in the butt to put on a jacket every time you want to get out of the car. At least it wasn’t as windy today, which is something. Everyone woke up this morning a few minutes before the…

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