Death Valley California, and Rhyolite Nevada

A Wildflower Extravaganza

3-5 April 2005

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Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris) The snow covered mountain is Telescope Peak (11,049 feet). I climbed this peak Peak in 1982 The high point of Wildrose Canyon Road The Eureka Mine, located about 2 miles off the paved road, was a small gold mine that operated in the early part of the 20th Century
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Watch your head! The remains of the mill works at the Eureka Mine. This mill was powered by two gasoline engines A view from above the mill works looking southwest The living quartes of the men who worked in the Eureka Mine. Looking northeast
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On the valley floor of Death Valley. A strong wind creates a sand storm. Heading to Furnace Creek camp ground 4 April - I met Jerry yesterday afternoon. Here it is early Monday morning; Jerry jumped out of his tent and started to shoot pictures at the camp site. With a 2 gigabyte compact flash memory card in his Canon 20D he can shoot up a storm! Near Hwy 190 in Death Valley. This is the site of the Harmony Borax Works. Nearby Salt Creek provided the minerals that were rendered into Borax A 20 mule team wagon train. The iron container held drinking water for the men and animals as they traversed the desert on their 165 mile journey to Mojave
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A dry wash near the Harmony Borax Works Jerry is taking lots of pictures The Funeral Mountain Range is in the distance; the desert floor is covered with thousands of Desert Gold sunflowers (Geraea canescens)
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The Desert Gold sunflower (Geraea canescens) was the most common flower we saw during our stay in Death Valley Looking west with the Panamint Range in the distance
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On Hwy 190 in Death Valley; heading to Rhyolite, Nevada Near the Beatty Cutoff Road, with the Funeral Mountain Range in the distance The Amargosa Desert, the site of the Rhyolite and Bullfrog cemetery
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A unknown grave. According to records, there are 126 people buried in this desert cemetery. There are only about 10 marked gravesites and 5 unmarked gravesites. The rest of the burial sites are difficult to locate. Some signs of a burial are just a slight mound of sand and rocks The grave site of Mrs. Annie Sisk. Died at age 51 in April 1908 The grave site of James C. Clayton. Died at age 39 in 1905 The grave site of Daniel G. Kennedy. Died in Bullfrog, Nevada, at age 21 on 4 May 1905



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