Death Valley - Little Lake (View) - Los Angeles

A once in a lifetime experience awaits you in a tiny town known as Death Valley Junction, for this is the home of the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel. For more than 40 years, Marta Becket has lived and shared her art and dreams with those fortunate enough to find this wonderful and magical place. 
Trona is at the western edge of Searles lake, a dry lake bed in Searles Valley, southwest of Death Valley. The town takes its name from the mineral trona, abandoned in the lakebed. Starting in the late 1800s mining industry set up around to mine borax.
A number of Hollywood films have been shot in the surrounding desert, particularly around the Trona Pinnacles, including Start Trek V: The Final Frontier and Planet of the Apes. In the 2000s, the town itself served as the setting for three films: Trona (2005), Just Add Water (2008) and Lost Lake (2012).
On US Highway 190, Panamint Valley, California
Stovepipe Wells Village, California includes a hotel, restaurant, saloon, gift shop, gas station and a general store in the heart of Death Valley National Park. The first hotel in Death Valley, it opened its doors to travelers in 1926.
The central location of Stovepipe Wells Village makes it a perfect spot from which to explore all mayor features of Death Valley, CA. The Mesquite Sand Dunes are within sight.
Authentically western, rustic yet comfortable, Death Valley hotel, restaurant and Western Saloon. After hiking around the badlands, sand dunes and canyons, Stovepipe Wells hotel is more than a welcome sight. It's a place where history is made and legends born. Isn't it time you made some of your own?
Limited internet access - really relaxing :-). The Furnace Creek Resort is situated in a lush oasis surrounded by the vast and arid desert of Death Valley, CA
STOP - yes, love to stop here at Furnace Creek, Death Valley, CA - just 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, NV and 275 miles northeast of Los Angeles, CA.
At 214 feet below sea level, Furnace Creek Resort offers the lowest elevation golf course in the world.

Raindrops on the  windshield
The second boom in Death Valley was tourism, started in the 1920 by Herman Eichbaum. After several failures in getting a toll road approved, on May 4, 1926 the Eichbaum Toll Road (between southeast of Darwin and Stovepipe Wells) was certified complete. The toll rates were set: $2 per motor vehicle and 50cent per person.
The hike runs up the south fork of Marble Canyon into the Death Valley Wilderness Area for about 2-1/2 miles where much of the canyon is deep and narrow, the gentle grade provides easy hiking, and there is little to clim over. 

To the horizon, Marble Canyon, Death Valley, CA
The shooting at the Marble Canyon, Death Valley, CA has been completed.
The largest dune is called Star Dune and is relatively stable and stationary because it is at a point where the various winds that shape the dunes converge. 
Due to their easy access from the road and the overall proximity of Death Valley to Hollywood, these dunes have been used to film sand dune scenes for several movies, including films in the Star Wars series.
On the heels of the Gold Rush, silver and gold were discovered in the Valley in the 1850s and borax in the 1880s. One group of miners during the 1849 California Gold Rush dubbed the searing, waterless landscape upon finally finding a pass through the Panamint mountains. Looking back on the valley, they recalled the members of their party who had died, the bony oxen they had been forced to kill and eat when all other provision were gone, and the wagons and goods they had been forced to abandon at Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley, CA
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes in front of the Cottonwood Mountains (Thimble Peak, 6381 ft / 1945 m, Mt Palmer, 7985 ft / 2426 m, Grapevine Peak, 8738 ft / 2663 m, Death Valley, CA).

In between many of the dunes are stands of creosote bush and some mesquite on the sand and on dried mud, which used to cover this part of the valley before the dunes intruded.

Will you find the belling Mesquite Sand Dunes wooden statue?
The depth of the sand at its crest is 130-140 feet (40-43 m) but this is small compared to other dunes in the area that have sand depths of up to 600-700 feet (180-210 m) deep.
Today, Death Valley draws a new type of explorer, those who view Death Valley's scenic vistas, canyons, mountains and dunes as the most precious of resources and a gift of natural wonder to the world.

The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are at the northern end of the valley floor and are nearly surrounded by mountains on all sides.
Savor a hearty meal at the acclaimed Toll Road Restaurant at the Stovepipe Wells Village.
Guest can enjoy swimming in the heated, outdoor pool with covered lounge area until 12pm.
The General Store offers many Native American and souvenir items with the addition of a selection of grocery staples, convenience items, a soda fountain and pre-made food items.
Gas pumps are available during store hours with cash or around the clock with credit cards.
The Standard rooms ($ 146-160.50) are offering als all the others refrigerated air, television, refrigerator, coffee maker and either one queen or two double beds. Delux rooms ($ 156-175.50) provide the finest views on the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Pation rooms ($ 117-131), the only ones original to Stovepipe Wells, are situated near the banquet room.
Crossing US Highway 190, near Panamint Springs, Death Valley, CA
Padre Crowley Point, in memorie of the Padre of the Desert, Father John J. Crowley (1891-1940). He gave his life to a barren desert valley that had been stripped of life by the Los Angeles irrigation system. In doing so, Father John Crowley became a legend.
A landscape of dark lava flows and volcanic cinders abruptly gives way to the gash of Rainbow Canyon below, this viewpoint. 
Walk (or ride) the dirt track east of the parking lot for a grand overlook of northern Panamint Valley. The vista is located west of Panamint Springs on Hwy 190.
Its getting dark over Owens Lake, US Hwy 190, near Olancha, CA
Have a ride on the Cinder Road (dirt road) to explore the Fossil Falls scenic area and further on the Little Lake Overview. Located off US Hwy 395, between Coso Junction and Little Lake. 
Red Hill, a basaltic cinder cone in the Coso Volcanic field near Fossil Falls State Park. Piles of crushed stone near the peak, Sierra Nevada crest to the left.
Red Hill has the distinction of being the youngest volcano in this area, estimated to have been active 10,000 years ago.
Red Hill, also known as Cinder Hill lies in the Coso Vocanic Field and is located north of Litte Lake and south of Lone Pine.
Little Lake was established largely as a travels's stop along what eventually became US 395. In the 1920s, a trip from LA to a town such as Lone Pine might take 2 or 3 days necessitating a stay at locations like this before continuing onwards. Its famous landmark was its namesake, rock-faced hotel constructed in 1923, it burned in 1989 and was never reopened. 
The Route 66 Alliance and the City of Santa Monica can finally greet us: "Welcome! You've reached the "End of Trail" and the "Beginning of Dreams!"
Happy and wistful in one we reached after 2448 miles (and many more, total 4053) Santa Monica, California.
A city in need. In the early 20th century the City of Santa Monica was faced with a problem: "How and where do we depose of our sewage?" Ultimately the decisions as made to build the 1,600 foot long Municipal Pier with a pipeline underneath it to run treated sewage out to the ocean. Fortunately, this process was discontinued in the 1920s.
Opening day of the pier was September 9, 1909. Obscuring the unpleasant function of the new Pier was the fact that it was build as the first concrete on the US west coast.
The pier became an instant favorite among the fishing community. Men and women, whether young, old, rich or poor enjoyed the ample supply of fish and simple pleasure of dropping a line and waiting for a bite.
From the time the Municipal Pier was conceived, the community wished to add an amusement park to complete with the neighboring Ocean Park and Venice Piers.
Enter Charles Looff, a famous carousel carver turned amusement entrepreneur, who answered that wish by building a new, wider pier with an amusement park along the south side of the Municipal Pier - thus creating two piers in one!
Baseball Filed of the Santa Monica High School Vikings, in-between I-10 and the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel Santa Monica.
Runyon Canyon Park in the Hollywood Hills and Downtown Los Angeles.
Its a long way from the Hollywood Hills to the Pacific Ocean

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