Easter Weekend at Death Valley

  • March 30, 2013 · 7:00 AM
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Please Note: Read all the directions below very carefully before you sign up for this event.

1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.

2) You MUST reserve your room at Tecopa Hot Springs Resort BEFORE you RSVP for this event. We are only staying overnight for 1 night so make sure your room reservation is for Saturday, March 30th.

3) To reserve your room, go here: tecopahotsprings.org

They will send you an email confirmation after you book your room.

The rooms are averaging about $95 per ROOM. Less if you share a room. I don't plan on sharing a room with anyone because I snore and am a light sleeper.

I chose this resort because GF member Erick recommended it Also, pretty much all the rooms at hotels located closer or inside Death Valley are booked because its the height of the tourist season.

4) We will be carpooling from a TBD place in LA that allows overnight parking and meeting at 7 AM before driving to the desert.

5) Check in time at the hotel is not until 12 PM. The resort said that we can store our luggage in advance before our rooms are ready. So if we arrive at the resort before check in time, we will store our luggage and then head up to Death Valley for the day and return in the early evening.

6) Because there is a lot of driving involved, please give your designated driver at least $60 to reimburse for gas and car maintenance.

7) While we will be driving from point of interest to point of interest, there will be a lot of walking involved as well, and possibly some hiking to reach the vista points or scenic sections of the national park. So be aware of that. If you have physical mobility restrictions, this trip will not be suitable for you.

7) We will not return to LA until around 6 PM or 7 PM on Sunday, the 31st. So this event will take up your entire weekend!

8) In addition to the money spent on hotel and carpool, bring money to spend on food, mementos, admission fees, etc. I recommend bringing at least $100 in CA$H for spending besides carpooling and hotel room.

I have been to Death Valley before, but I was a child back then and the details are now a hazy memory. Death Valley is the LARGEST national park in the USA, so its HUGE and has a lot to offer. I don't enjoy triple digit temperatures, so I will only visit it during the 'colder' months. March will be perfect because it will still be in 60's or 70's, and there's a possibility we might even see some wildflowers in bloom.

We will visit places like Scotty's Castle, The Race Track, Ubehebe Crater, Mesquite Flat Dunes, Borax Museum, Amargosa Opera House and Badwater.

To get a better idea of the places we will visit, check out this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g143021-Activities-Death_Valley_National_Park_California.html

Death Valley

Ubehebe!

racing rock

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  • Chrissy

    Good times!

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • Kiyo

    Special thanks to everybody for sharing all their photos on Meet Up and Facebook, there must be 3,000 pics between all of us! Hugs to everyone!

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • Kiyo

    Kudos to Robert, the Ever Ready Bunny Man! He kept the trip moving forward all 850 miles of it. My favorites were Ubehebe Crater, Zabriskie Point, Badwater Basin with plenty more to see for a second trip! Thanks to Chrissy who was my caravan driver along with Joe, Sunny, and Sklar who drove, too.

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • SuNnY

    5-Stars for Robert who organized our Pleasure Palate event to Death Valley. It was an awesome weekend trip and the company of Pleasure Palate members was adventurous and pleasant. This was a very fun event. Hey Robert? We have to go back next year to check out the rest of points of interests.

    April 1, 2013

  • Geraldine

    that was energetic spirit

    April 1, 2013

  • Geraldine

    Thank you Robert for your enthusiastic and energy spirit you make everything an adventure , interesting and yes Fun. I really had a good time so many fun people on this trip thank you everyone

    April 1, 2013

  • corey S.

    MD
    I'm sick and can't go.Do you want my room? It's already paid for .Free Let me know, I don,t know how to text.

    March 29, 2013

    • Robert

      Corey, I spoke with MD and provided her with the details. I hope you get well soon and thank you for being generous in offering your room.

      March 29, 2013

  • Robert

    For those of you that RSVP'd for this event within the last week, I am assuming that you have already reserved a room at the hotel everyone else is staying at. Do not assume you can share a room with someone else for this event unless another member already agreed to it. So make sure you reread all the directions and instructions carefully in the write-up. If you have not secured a room at this point, then kindly RSVP 'No'. I will be sending another email to all the attendees by Tuesday and Wednesday to flesh out our itinerary, where the designated carpool meeting point will be and other things to bring on the trip to make our Death Valley trip more delightful.

    March 24, 2013

    • SuNnY

      Looking forward to this trip. I have a reservation for a room. See you tomorrow Robert.

      March 29, 2013

  • MD

    --I am willing to drive another person's car!
    --Need room to split--can't pay for a whole rm by myself, does anyone want to do 3-way room/$$ split and get a cot? (females)
    -or I can just bring a sleeping bag
    --i have a National park pass, so free admission to Death Valley for the car I end up in!
    --Please text[masked] if you can make it happen!

    March 29, 2013

  • Kiyo

    Who are the carpool drivers?

    March 27, 2013

    • Robert

      So far its Joe, Sunny and Chrissy. But we might need another driver.

      March 27, 2013

    • SuNnY

      I already have two people for carpool. Unable to take another person since my car is small.

      March 28, 2013

  • MD

    I am female and would like to split a room, get a ride share from westside. Cot in the room or even sleeping bag is just fine!

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • corey S.

    Can't wait!

    March 24, 2013

  • Kiyo

    Robert, Susie at the Resort was so helpful in getting a room. Some regular switched so I could have a complete bath! Thanks for setting this up, I'm really excited and Susie told me the wildflowers that you mentioned are in full bloom!

    March 19, 2013

  • Kiyo

    Robert, Susie at the Resort was so helpful in getting a room. Some regular switched so I could have a complete bath! Thanks for setting this up, I'm really excited and Susie told me the wildflowers that you mentioned are in full bloom!

    March 19, 2013

  • Chrissy

    Room booked. Sharing w/G.

    March 5, 2013

  • SuNnY

    It's an extra cost with an additional person staying in the room.

    March 5, 2013

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