In March 2009, we went to Death Valley and explored lots of off the beaten path spots. I like the scenery, but I also like the fact that you can backcountry car camp. No crowds. Just me, DH and the stars. We spent a week doing this. Death Valley is still calling me, so I'd like to return.
Always the advance planner, I'm thinking ahead to 2011. DH wants to go to the Maker Faire in San Mateo and Real Goods house in Hopland. Unfortunately, it appears that the Maker Faire will be weekend before Memorial Day weekend. Not the best time to travel. We'd leave San Mateo on Monday morning. We'd have two weeks for the after-the-Maker Faire part of the trip.
But, this got me to thinking that I'd like to see Yosemite. There was something about it recently on the TV, and since we're getting older, we may not have another chance. Truthfully, the crowds are daunting, but I asked for advice on the Yosemite forum and folks said it wouldn't be too bad the week before Memorial Day. As long as I was prepared to make campground reservations at the very fist second they opened up - 7 a.m. Pacific Time on Jan. 15.
I know that Death Valley will be a lot hotter than when we visited in March, but if we were at higher elevations, would it be too hot? I'm thinking of those uphill spots off the west side road in the southern part of the park. When we had to traverse the valley floor, we'd have the airconditioning on in the car. Keep in mind that we live in the Caribbean and are used to hot weather.
So from Yosemite to Death Valley is where we'd go next. Tioga pass may or may not be open so that impacts our route. But beyond Death Valley and between Yosemite and Death Valley, what else do you think I'd like given the fact that I'm not keen on crowds and enjoy backcountry car camping. Forest Service campgrounds are good too because they don't seem to get as many people as national parks. We definitely will camp but will stay once or twice in motels to do laundry and get a good shower.
I do want to go to southern Utah, but that seems out of the way for this trip. In fact that was my plan till DH said he wanted to go to the Maker Faire.
We are very slow travelers, like easy short walks and stopping early to put up our tent and read.
So thanks all, especially Frisco Road Runner and Tet because I'm sure you'll respond like you did on our first Death Valley trip.