Death Valley 2016 -(Day 1) Big Pine to Eureka Dunes 

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Our recent Death Valley Trip began after spending a few days in Yosemite Valley. Our first destination was Eureka Dunes in Death Valley National Park. Heading up Hwy 120 through the high country of Yosemite NP and over the Tioga pass. Then plummeting down to Hwy 395 we were on our way to Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant in Bishop, CA to pick up our dinner to go.

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Three hours after leaving Yosemite we were in Bishop procuring our Burrito for the night’s meal and then a hat for the desert at Wilson’s Eastside Sports store. While shopping, we asked where we could get the best sandwich to go for lunch. We were referred to the Pup Fish Cafe. The recommendation was a good one. With our sandwiches in hand, we were once again on our way heading south on Hwy 395.

We turned east off of Hwy 395 just North of Big Pine onto Hwy 168 toward Death Valley then made the right onto Death Valley road. Hwy 168 is paved for the first 30 or so miles until you enter the Eureka Valley where the road becomes a graded, washboard covered, dirt road. We continued for about 7 miles to the sign that directed us to “Eureka Dunes 10 miles”.

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The road out to Eureka Dunes is a graded road which is sandy and rocky at times. As you head south toward the dunes they begin to rise on the horizon and the Striated Last Chance Mountains are on your left. When you arrive at the base of the dunes, there are several dry camp areas the biggest is on the north side of the dunes and is the only site with a pit toilet.

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Arriving in the late afternoon the sun was already beginning to descend into the clouds on the western horizon. We settled into camp just in time for a beautiful sunset to accompany our Burrito and Margaritas.

SAMSUNG CSCThe night sky was spectacular with an absent moon the stars were in their glory, and the Milky Way crossed directly over our heads.

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