The Road Home – Surprise, AZ – Grants Pass, OR

“There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle”  ~ Albert Einstein 😍

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From Surprise, AZ we headed to Laughlin, NV, it was a pleasant, easy drive.  We stayed at the Riverside RV Resort in Laughlin, which is walking distance to everything. The “Riverwalk” along the Colorado River was a nice surprise!

We headed NW out of  Laughlin, NV towards Shoshone Village, CA.  Along the way we were blown away by three  gigantic, extremely BRIGHT lights.  We found out they were from the controversial Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.  It is currently the largest solar thermal power plant in the world.

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It is a beautiful sunny day and the ISEGS is radiating blinding light (no exaggeration)!

We arrived in Shoshone village early with lots of time to explore the area.

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We stayed at the Shoshone RV Park which gave us access to a Warm Springs Pool.

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Images from Shoshone, CA.

We headed north on CA-127 towards Death Valley Junction.  Stopped at Marta Becket’s Amargosa  Opera House and Hotel.  Fascinating history, we enjoyed the short tour!

Our next stop was Death Valley, the hottest, driest, lowest National Park, we came to see the “Super Bloom”!  We stayed at the Sunset campground which is right across the street from the Furnace Creek visitors center.

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Death Valley is a fascinating place to visit, so much to see.  There are so many drives, walks and hikes to explore the extraordinary landscape.

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Dantes View

Badwater Basin, the lowest elevation in North America, 282 ft below sea level.

Natural Bridge and Artist Palette.

We visited the Furnace Creek Resort, it was an Oasis in the heart of Death Valley.

The grounds were beautiful and nostalgic.

Flowers from the Death Valley “Super Bloom”!

We really enjoyed our visit to  Death Valley National Park and we both agreed it was well worth seeing!

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We left Death Valley and headed North on US Route 395 and we came upon the Manzanar National Historic Site.  It was a very sobering experience to see this place first hand, the exhibits and videos were emotional and thought provoking. It’s difficult to imagine that this happened to citizens of the United States of America based on their race.

We continued north on US Route 395 and stayed in Bishop, CA at the Highlands RV park, it was nice, clean and convenient.  Highlight in Bishop, Erick Schat’s Bakery , even if you’re just driving thru Bishop, I highly recommend stopping here!  We continued on US 395 to Reno and stayed at The RV park at Grand Sierra Resort.  It was a great location and we could just walk to the casino.

We headed north towards Klamath Falls,OR and passed the largest and most controversial  Tule Lake Unit/segregation/prisoner of war camp.  It was late in the afternoon so we were not able to stop there.

We stayed in Klamath Falls overnight at the Oregon motel 8 RV park.  I don’t think we would stay there again.

We headed east on OR 66 towards Ashland, OR and got stuck in a heavy snow storm.

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At first we were driving along with other cars, then all of a sudden we were the only ones on the road and the snow was falling so hard we couldn’t see the road.  We actually made a u-turn and pulled over, talked it over, check the weather report and decided to turn  back around and continue to Ashland.  Luckily we broke thru the snow storm after a few miles.

From Ashland we continued on to Grants Pass, OR and stayed at the Bridgeview RV Resort. Bridgeview was a nice, clean, friendly place to stay and it’s right on the Rogue River.

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December – March traveled over 6348 miles, visited 7 States.  We have visited 7 National Parks.


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