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SoCal,
Join us for our road trip to visit the natural splendor of Death Valley November 19-20, 2011.

Waypoints:
Pick a place to meet up with the caravan to Death Valley:

San Diego Secondary Waypoint, Call Time 7:00 am Sharp
Starbucks
3675 Murphy Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92123
At the southwest corner of I-15 and Aero Drive

Orange County Secondary Waypoint, Call Time 7:30 am, Depart 8:00 am
REI at Tustin Marketplace
2962 El Camino Real Tustin, CA 92782
This is a large parking lot, meet in the area closest to Jamboree. Easy right turns out of the lot to I-5 North. This is for our OC members.
We only have 1 member leaving from OC so there will probably be no one here. If you plan to meet up here, say so now.

Adelanto Primary Waypoint, Call Time 9:30 am, Depart ASAP
Richardson Park
11500 Air Base Road, Adelanto, CA 92301
Turning off 395, there is a large parking lot on the right side past Adelanto City Hall. This is a large park parking lot, so it should be empty. If not, City Hall is next door with even more parking. This is a catch all for North LA / San Diego members since it is on our route out of the LA basin.

Itenerary:
11/19 - 8:00AM - Leave OC Waypoint with full tanks (Picture 1 Marker A)

11/19 - 12:30AM - Lunch and fuel stop in Lone Pine (Picture 1 Marker B) or Olancha.
Seasons Restaurant
206 South Main Street, Lone Pine, CA

Ranch House Cafe
W Highway 395, Olancha, CA 93549

11/19 - Afternoon - Enter Death Valley National Park, see Stovepipe Wells Sand dunes, the Ubehebe Crater (Picture 2 Marker B), and tour Scotty's Castle (Picture 2 Marker C)

11/19 - Late afternoon/Evening - drive to Beatty to stay overnight (Picture 3 Marker B)
Death Valley Inn
651 South Highway 95, Beatty, NV

11/20 - 9:00 am - Drive from Beatty back into the park, see Rhyolite Ghost Town (possibly), stop for gas in Furnace Creek if need be, see Zabriski Pt (Picture 4 Marker B), do Artists Drive, check out Badwater.

11/20 - Afternoon - Have lunch at somewhere, depending on when everyone is hungry (suggest bringing snacks just in case). Some possibilities:
Mad Greek
72112 Baker Boulevard, Baker, CA

Crowbar Cafe & Saloon
California 127, Shoshone, CA 92384

11/20 - Afternoon - Hit the 15 at Baker (Picture 3 Marker C), gas up and drive home. We will have driven about 380 miles since Lone Pine. The AMGs might be thirsty.:)

Guarenteed to be a fun trip for all involved. Sign up in the thread below if you plan on coming.
 

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Sign-up list:

1. ponia003 + guest
2. Durkatlon
3. etyu + guest
4. slkluv
 

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Sign-up list:

1. ponia003 + guest
2. Durkatlon + guest (Death Valley Inn, Beatty, NV)
3. etyu + guest
4. slkluv

Added guest to my sign-up. I made my reservation at the Death Valley Inn for 11/19. Here is the website by the way:

https://dvireservations.bestdeathvalleyhotels.com/

With respect to the 380mi drive. There is gas in Panamint, Beatty and Furnace Creek. So it shouldn't be a problem to keep our gas guzzling cars well-supplied.

I will probably need an alternative waypoint for San Diego folks to meet up with the OC/LA area folks. If you guys leave OC/LA and go the way Google is suggesting, we'll probably meet-up in Adelanto. I guess we can add waypoints as needed as more people sign up.
 

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1. ponia003 + guest (Death Valley Inn, Beatty, NV)
2. Durkatlon + guest (Death Valley Inn, Beatty, NV)
3. etyu + guest
4. slkluv

Booked my stay as well.

Durk, just let me know what waypoints you want and I will add them to the initial post. I added some additional restaurants along our route in case people get hungry earlier than expected. Stopping in Olancha and taking 190 instead of 136 out of Lone Pine is about a 30mi/30min shortcut to the park. Do you still have the ability to send out mass PMs to the SoCal group?
 

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What about the initial point from Las Vegas? Never been to this place but I heard nice thing about it. What is the dead line of reservation? Soon I find out my next month schedule of work I will confirn the reservation.
 

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What about the initial point from Las Vegas? Never been to this place but I heard nice thing about it. What is the dead line of reservation? Soon I find out my next month schedule of work I will confirn the reservation.
I'm sure you could get a room in Beatty, NV at a moment's notice. There's just too many motels in that town for everything to book up (except for the "Beatty Days" weekend which is next week).

It looks like going from Vegas to Lone Pine/Olancha would take you through the park already, so perhaps not the greatest idea in the world unless you really want to have lunch with us :). A better meet-up spot might be at the Stovepipe Wells Village. You can contact me via PM when you know more about your availability and whether you want to drive to the Lone Pine/Olancha side or not, and we'll work out a meet-up spot.
 

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Can we get a good signal in our cell phone in this area? A lunch date sound good to me. Next week I can more or less know my schedule.
 

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Is this the Death Valley Inn Motel and RV Park, 651 South Highway 95, Beatty, NV?

Will make reservations tonight.
 

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Is this the Death Valley Inn Motel and RV Park, 651 South Highway 95, Beatty, NV?

Will make reservations tonight.
Yes, that's the one. I put the link to the reservation site in my first reply in this thread.
 

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Yes, that's the one. I put the link to the reservation site in my first reply in this thread.
Link does not work, at least from my end (prolly because it's an https).
It's OK. Just made reservation for Death Valley Inn.

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1. ponia003 + guest (Death Valley Inn, Beatty, NV)
2. Durkatlon + guest (Death Valley Inn, Beatty, NV)
3. etyu + guest, maybe (Death Valley Inn, Beatty, NV)
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Durk, just let me know what waypoints you want and I will add them to the initial post. I added some additional restaurants along our route in case people get hungry earlier than expected. Stopping in Olancha and taking 190 instead of 136 out of Lone Pine is about a 30mi/30min shortcut to the park. Do you still have the ability to send out mass PMs to the SoCal group?
Prolly a waypoint along Highway 15, north of the 91 junction as I think Durk may head north on Highway 15 from San Diego.
 

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Link does not work, at least from my end (prolly because it's an https).
Slkworld's link-parser rewrites it as androerz.net or something which takes you to hotels.com. I guess they have some kind of ad-deal that screws up my link. I disabled automatic link parsing and now it seems to be OK, although you'll have to manually c.o.p.y/paste.
 

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Sounds like amazing scenery, looking forward to it! Glad Durk has insights on the routing and facilities.

Updated list:
1. ponia003 + guest (Death Valley Inn, Beatty, NV)
2. Durkatlon + guest (Death Valley Inn, Beatty, NV)
3. etyu + guest, maybe (Death Valley Inn, Beatty, NV)
4. slkluv
5. mbpaul (Death Valley Inn, Beatty, NV)
 

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I'll probably catch you guys in Victorville. You should be there around 9:30am.

Updated list:
1. ponia003 + guest (Death Valley Inn, Beatty, NV)
2. Durkatlon + guest (Death Valley Inn, Beatty, NV)
3. etyu + guest, maybe (Death Valley Inn, Beatty, NV)
4. slkluv
5. mbpaul (Death Valley Inn, Beatty, NV)
6. Todd157k + "crash" (Death Valley Inn, Beatty, NV)
 

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I'll probably catch you guys in Victorville. You should be there around 9:30am.
Adelanto is more on our route. I added a waypoint for it. I figure the San Diego guys will meet up with us there as well.
 
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Looks great. Will really try to make it. Might be a little tough though, that is the last weekend before I need to be out of my current apartment.

If we can pack up and move out the weekend before it'll probably be ok, otherwise we might be finalizing the move on that weekend.
 

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Adelanto is more on our route. I added a waypoint for it. I figure the San Diego guys will meet up with us there as well.
I couldn't tell from the map above. Where ever you guys determine is good for us. Let's see who else is going and adjust as needed.

BTW... Where the heck is SantamonicaSLK? ya think a little thing like "life" has that much importance???
 

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BTW... Where the heck is SantamonicaSLK? ya think a little thing like "life" has that much importance???
I was hoping you knew! I've tried texting, PMing ("mailbox full") and even adding him on LinkedIn. But to no avail. I would love for him to come.
 

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I sent him a txt msg (phone). Hasn't responded back yet. I talked to him several weeks back and he said he'd be back. I'll get out my Louisville Slugger and ask him if he wants to go.
 

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