GTS Touring Society - Death Valley, March 2006



While this year wasn't as picturesque as last year with all the flowers, this was an interesting chapter for the GTS Touring Society. Riding in the rain isn't so unusual, but it IS in Death Valley. Most of the weekend was dry enough, but we did get poured on with what seemed like ice water. It even turned to snow for a short time!

Doug Kirk and I got there early again this year, and we rode our dirt bikes down a number of dirt roads. Due to all the rain the previous year, these roads were a LOT more difficult to negotiate. The road through "Hole in the Wall" to the Red Amphitheatre was much more gravelly than usual, and it was quite a challenge keeping the bikes vertical at times. We managed, however.

One of the most notable experiences this year was seeing an open spring in Devil's Golf Course. While I knew that water pushes the salt up into strange and craggy formations, I had no idea there was so much water beneath the salt!

As I left Death Valley to the west on Sunday morning, I was treated to a view of snow on the Panamint mountains that I'd never before seen. The cold rain had turned to snow above 4000 feet, leaving the mountains looking like something out of an alpine ski area brochure.

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Panamint Valley
west of Death Valley  
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Panamint Valley
west of Death Valley  
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Our campsite  
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Our campsite  
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Visiting Roadrunners  
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Visiting Roadrunners  
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West Side Road  
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West Side Road  
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Doug at Eagle
Borax Works  
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Ruins of Eagle
Borax Works  
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Kelly at Eagle
Borax Works  
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Sun setting over
Panamint Mts.  
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Grave at Eagle
Borax Works  
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Grave at Eagle
Borax Works  
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Sun setting over
Panamint Mts.  
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Evening sun
on Black Mts.  
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Evening sun
on Black Mts.  
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Evening sun
on Black Mts.  
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Evening sun
on Black Mts.  
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West Side Road  
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Evening sun
on Black Mts.  
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Evening sun
on Black Mts.  
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West Side Road  
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West Side Road  
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Evening sun
on Black Mts.  
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Here comes Doug!  
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There he goes...  
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Evening's orange
glow  
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Nice campfire  
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Doug with beer
and stogie  
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Teakettle Junction  
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Bikes at T.K.J.  
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Kelly by the sign  
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The Racetrack  
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Playa - Dry
lakebed  
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Racing rocks:
See the trails?  
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Playa  
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360 degree video
BIG- 48MB!!  
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"The Grandstand"
Rock formatation  
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How it works  
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Racetrack
Valley  
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Racetrack
Valley  
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Racetrack
Valley  
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Rock Trails  
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Rock Trails  
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Rock Trails  
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Racetrack
Valley  
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Kelly on
the playa  
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The Grandstand  
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The Grandstand  
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Colorful rocks
by Scotty's Castle  
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Colorful rocks
by Scotty's Castle  
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Colorful rocks
by Scotty's Castle  
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Colorful rocks
by Scotty's Castle  
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Colorful rocks
by Scotty's Castle  
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Colorful rocks
by Scotty's Castle  
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Colorful rocks
by Scotty's Castle  
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A true oasis!  
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Ornate Gate  
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Ornate Gate  
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Scotty's Castle  
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Roadrunners
are back  
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Roadrunners
are back  
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Devil's Golfcourse  
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Devil's Golfcourse  
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Devil's Golfcourse  
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Devil's Golfcourse  
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Devil's Golfcourse  
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Doug in the
rough  
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Devil's Golfcourse  
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A cold spring
opened up!  
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VERY unusual-
Rarely seen!  
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Quite deep!  
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Amazing salt
crystals  
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Amazing salt
crystals  
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Amazing salt
crystals  
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Amazing salt
crystals  
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Snow and Salt  
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This was FLAT
last year.  
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Underground water
pushes salt up  
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Not quite
Morton's Salt  
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Bikes with
scenic backdrop  
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Bikes with
scenic backdrop  
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Rugged beauty  
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Downhill of
Zabriski Point  
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Downhill of
Zabriski Point  
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Downhill of
Zabriski Point  
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Downhill of
Zabriski Point  
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Downhill of
Zabriski Point  
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A few flowers
peeking out  
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Downhill of
Zabriski Point  
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Downhill of
Zabriski Point  
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Hole in the Wall
road- Wicked gravel!  
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Doug and bikes
at a gap  
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Heading down
steep decline  
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Isolated Scenery  
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Doug heads to
Red Amphitheatre  
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Red Amphitheatre  
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My KLR at
Red Amphitheatre  
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Last 100yds on
trail. Too tough!  
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20 Mule Team
Canyon  
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20 Mule Team
Canyon  
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Vid of Doug
riding- 21MB!!  
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20 Mule Team
Canyon  
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20 Mule Team
Canyon  
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Storm brewing
in the 'Valley  
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RAIN in Death
Valley!  
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GTS crew at
Scottie's Castle  
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GTS crew at
Scottie's Castle  
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GTS crew at
Scottie's Castle  
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Shawn Pearsall  
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Dierdre Pearsall  
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Doug Kirk  
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Miguel  
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The crew  
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Paula McLeod  
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Bob Johnson  
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name?  
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Paula & Doug McLeod
and Doug Kirk  
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Bob Johnson  
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Jan Johnson  
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At Furnace Creek
Inn restaurant  
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At Zabriski Pt.  
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At Zabriski Pt.  
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Artist's Palette
with unusual light  
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Artist's Palette
with unusual light  
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Panamint Valley
after big snow  
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Panamint Valley
after big snow  
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Panamint Valley
after big snow  
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Panamint Valley
after big snow  
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Panamint Valley
after big snow  
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Panamint Valley
after big snow  
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Panamint Valley
after big snow  
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Panamint Valley
after big snow  
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Panamint Valley
after big snow  
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Panamint Valley
after big snow  
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Panamint Valley
after big snow  
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Panamint Valley
after big snow  
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Panamint Valley
after big snow