Weekend Coffee Share – Death Valley National Park


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.


Ms Zen

Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

28 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Death Valley National Park

  1. Looks great. And now is the time to go – 90s in May, don’t want to be there in July 😉 Thanks for the coffee followed by desert… Sorry, bad pun. Hope you have a great week!

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  2. What a stunning place to camp. And i love the idea of being there, no campground, no other campers or RVs just you and Gretchen. And I love chocolate muffins! I do not have any special Mothers Day traditions. Now my daughter is a Mother and so that has brought the circle of life round again in a wonderful way. Happy Mothers Day to you!

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  3. Oh how wonderful to honor your mother on Mothers Day each year, Maria! A camping trip with your daughter, she’s a trooper in that tent! My 30+ yr old daughters slept in our trailer Saturday night at the delta and what a bunch of complainers! And they used to love our tent camping days, oh well! We had fun and my oldest daughter picked up the $140 brunch tab this morning! Happy Mothers Day!

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    1. It was a fabulous weekend! We both love camping a lot, with tents, with only a sleeping bag in the snow, in an RV…we’re not so picky 😉 it sounds like you had a great Mother’s Day weekend. Happy Happy Mother’s Day to you ❤️

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  4. MJ, this is a wonderful post, thanks for your great photography! I was so surprised to see no campsites nearby. Perfect. Your little lady will indeed remember these days all of her life. And you! ❤️🙏🏻

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  5. Sounds like a fabulous weekend in all that great solitude – balm for the soul! I’ve long admired the sand dunes in DV, the way the light and shadows fall across them, enhancing their patterns.
    With both my sons in CA, it was a quiet Mother’s Day here, since it rained all day, even more so.

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  6. Death Valley looks like a lovely place for mother-and-daughter adventure on Mother’s Day. Glad you had such a good time! Our Mother’s Day activities mostly involved Al’s mother and siblings and their families–a lunch out after their church services. Al’s mother died at age 93, and mine at age 94. My family was never much for holidays, aside from Christmas, and those family get-togethers ended when my parents decided not to “do” holidays anymore. I regret that in theory, if not in practice. The Internet kept our mothers in touch with us for years after they were no longer able to drive. I still maintain my mother’s WordPress web site, although there have been few updates since my parents died. It seems more and more evident, as time goes on, that my parents were both my community and the communicators in my life. I would not have made a good parent, I think. I am in awe of those who are called to it.

    Best wishes for the coming week!

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    1. Thank you Lizl. It was a great weekend. I feel blessed to enjoy this special time with my daughter. Like you, I never thought that I would of made a very good parent. I did not imagine myself having kids. Since I lost my mom so young I feel that I didn’t have a clear image of what a mom does. I’ve always loved young, little kids, and felt very comfortable around them…but after that. I guess the future will tell 🙂 My daughter and I are very close now, and I’m going to do everything I can to keep it that way. I hope your week got off to a great start!

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    1. Hi my friend, so awesome to at least have coffee with your here 🙂 I’m still kicking myself for not being able to have coffee when you where in town. I have not spent a lot of time in Death Valley, but what I’ve seen so far intrigues me. I want to explore more in the cooler season. A lot more!


  7. You found such a great place to camp! I love camping on dispersed land as well. I love the tradition that you and your daughter have of sharing an adventure on Mother’s Day! My daughter and I spent the day at her volleyball tournament. I would have preferred an adventure, but I’ll take what I can get 🙂

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