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Summary: We went to Death Valley National Park.

Monday, April 7th: After saying goodbye to our EarthRoamer friends, we drove down Hwy 95 to Hwy 40 and back to Rainbo Beach Marina ($25/night, full hookups) in Needles (47 miles). We went across the river to get cheaper gas for the Roamer (it was $0.40 cheaper than in Needles) and also picked up some more grub at the grocery store.

Tuesday, April 8th: We got up early and I did laundry while Carl worked on our window screen again. We finally got on the road about 11:00 a.m. This was really late for us. We got back on Hwy 40 to Kelbaker Road in the Mojave National Preserve. We went through Baker to Hwy 15 and went north on Hwy 127 to Shoshone. As we drove through Shoshone, we noticed the one and only RV park where we would be staying when we came back this way to the 2008 Desert Explorers Rendezvous on Friday. We went right on through Shoshone to Hwy 190 and into Death Valley National Park.

Death Valley is one of the driest places on earth but at times it is subjected to heavy rainstorms. When it does flood, one of the most cominant features of the Death Valley landscape continues to form. . . . .alluvial fans. When it rains in the canyon highlands each drop of water strikes with full force on the bare eath jarring loose soil and rocks. The rain water gathers volume and strength as it travels down the canyons picking up more rocks and ebris, and with its abrasive load, scours out the narrow canyon floor addint more material to the flow. As the debris laden water is freed of the confines of the canyon, it spreads out and seeks smaller and smaller channels. In spreading out on its journey toward the valley floor the water slows down and begins to release its load of silt, sand, gravel and stones. Blocking of these channels by the build up of rock material causes the water and its debris to seek an easier route. Over a long period of time paths are formed, plugged and formed again back and forth across the fan evenly distributing the rock load and giving the fan its semicircular shape.

We stopped at the Visitor Center in Furnace Creek (200 miles) and they told us about the Texas Spring Campground ($7/night, no hookups) that is mainly for tenters. The important part was that there were NO generators allowed. This was perfect for us!!!

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