Happy Mother’s Day all fabulous moms out there! I lost my mom 28 years ago, as a celebration to her life I take my own daughter out on an adventure every Mother’s Day Weekend. This year we went to Death Valley National Park (CA.) I was hoping that we could have our weekly coffee date there. (We had to postpone our Arizona trip due to heavy rains in the area.)
Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some time catching up with friends (old and new)! Grab a cup of coffee and share with us!
How would you like your coffee today? Or maybe you would prefer some tea? I’m having some green tea today. There’s some chocolate muffins to go with your preferred drink. My daughter thinks they are amazing, but don’t take her word for it 😉
This was our campsite for the weekend.
As you can see it’s simple living at its best. No campground, just dispersed camping in the middle of nowhere; extremely quiet (except a serenade from an owl just before bedtime,) no cellphone service, a bright star display at night, and endless possibilities to explore. Are you enjoying the day?
When we woke up this morning this was the amazing view that greeted us. Ooo, I forgot to say that it was so warm that we didn’t use our sleeping bags. It was a comfortable 70 degrees in the tent.
Death Valley National Park is the hottest, driest, and lowest National Park in the US. A below-sea-level basin, with steady drought, and record summer heat makes Death Valley a land of extremes, but the weather was just perfect for some Mother’s Day Weekend fun! I love our adventurous Mother’s Day tradition, and I’m hoping to create memories that will last a lifetime for my daughter, along with an appreciation for nature, and the simple pleasures in life.
Across from our campsite you can see these amazing sand dunes. I love how the light constantly played over the smooth sand.
The area is covered with Creosote bushes that adds an aromatic smell to everything. Last night it was in the 90’s until dark, and the scent from the bushes were almost toxic, in a sweet way, contributing to the serenity of the landscape.
The geology in Death Valley is intriguing, and you can find a great variety of rocks, in all the colors of the rainbow.
Gretchen LOVES camping, and exploring.
Can I get you a refill on your drink?
On the way home to Las Vegas we stopped at China Ranch, a 200 year old date plantation. It was gorgeous, and very special. Their cactus garden was so beautiful as well. An unexpected oasis in the desert. It deserves its own post, I’ll work on that this coming week.
How was your weekend? If you have any Mother’s Day’s traditions you would like to share, I would very much like to hear all about them! I sure hope the weekend was everything you needed it to be. Mine was very relaxing, and adventurous at the same time. It definitely leaves me with a good feeling, ready for a productive new week.