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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 (http://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