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Old 01-18-2011, 07:39 AM   #31
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Scotty's Castle

We then rode over to Scotty's Castle for a tour. We showed up right as a tour was leaving, so we quickly paid and caught up with the tour. Scotty's is amazing; as a fan of Mission Revial and other forms of architecture.

The whole place is set up as a living history museum; this is very rare for a national park. I'm not a huge fan, the "story" is interesting but not the reason I was there, but the period costumes were neat.


Seal (or is it ice cream?)


Tower


Ted


Are they antiques if they came with the house?


Ironwork on door


Tile


Comfortable and classic desk


Architecture


Indoor waterfall


Table, grill, radiator


Formal dining room dishes


Old sewing machine


Courtyard


Pan (Greek god) cast as an andiron


Ironwork on basement door


Ted on a parapet for the power plant


Ted and a palm tree


Tower and bridge in courtyard


Door to Scotty's Castle/Death Valley Ranch


Tower


Gate


Top of chimney


Ken in parlor


Tile




Ironwork, tile, door


Spiral staircase


Scotty's Castle compound. Unfinished pool at right.
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:36 AM   #32
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Great !

Great ride report, Titus Canyon really brought back the memories. Photos and videos are outstanding. Thanks for taking us along.

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Old 01-18-2011, 05:54 PM   #33
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Antiques

There are antiques, and then there are antiques. This was the vacation house of Mr. & Mrs. Johnson, and many of the antiques are reproductions of European antiques. On the other hand, most of this stuff was made before 1929 when the stock market crashed (much of it in the teens). Some items, a set of guest beds, are both - one is a 200 year old antique, and the other a ~ 80 year old copy.

I'd been to Scotty's Castle before, but hadn't taken the tour. I'm really glad we did, and the next time I'll do the underground tour. Its really fascinating to see such an ornate and complex compound in the middle of the desert. There are some other roads I'd really like to explore as well - we didn't get to ride West Side road for example, and I'd like to make it to the kilns - so I'm sure I'll go back again.
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Old 01-18-2011, 06:06 PM   #34
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Nice.

I have to put Scottys Castle on my bucket list.

I see there are VStroms on this report. This gives me some ideas!!
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:25 PM   #35
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Nice report

Haven't been to DV myself for years. That time was on an Electra Glide, so there wasn't much off-roading going on, at least not on purpose.

More coming, I hope?
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:16 PM   #36
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More coming, I hope?
Yeah! I should post more. Not much tonight, more tomorrow.

Evening

Tamara stayed back at the motel for the day because of a headache. At least we got a cute picture!


Tamara, being cute in the motel room

We went to dinner that night at the Stagecoach Hotel/Casino, which was quite disappointing. The previous night we'd eaten at KC's Outpost, and had a surprisingly good traditional Christmas dinner, despite the store-bought pie. There are not a lot of dining choices in Beatty, but we would advise KC's over the Stagecoach.
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:39 PM   #37
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Really great ride.
Love the videos.
I would love to get there one day,
but it is so far from Maryland.
I'd have to take at least a month.
Ok ! Ok ! Ok !
gotta make plans
gotta get goin'

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Old 01-19-2011, 02:10 PM   #38
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Thanks for all the photos inside Scotty's. I've been off road in DV plenty of times, but never stop at the castle for a tour.
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:18 PM   #39
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Thanks for all the photos inside Scotty's. I've been off road in DV plenty of times, but never stop at the castle for a tour.
It's worth touring, I think. I'm not a big fan of the historical re-enactment shit, but it isn't turned up to 11 or anything.


Christmas 2010 in Death Valley: Day 3

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Morning

This morning was colder than the previous morning. In fact, there was a tiny bit of ice on the puddles.


Bikes, tucked into their homes at Atomic Inn, Beatty


Iced-over puddle at hotel in Beatty

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Old 01-19-2011, 02:26 PM   #40
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:41 PM   #41
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Nope, Italian. Makes sense if the planes were built by Aermacchi.
Varese is northwest of Milano and happens to be home to MV Agusta and Ducati Corse.
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:43 PM   #42
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Eh? Brrrr....but we got a good breakfast!

The ice was a little off putting. Being older and used to getting up at the butt-crack-of-dawn, I was usually up before T&T and made the pilgrimage to the gas station / store / slot machines for coffee. I've had worse coffee, and this place is open 24 hours a day; I've eaten there at 2 am during an Iron Butt rally! The flip side to the ice was that there were beautiful blue skies, and in general it was a nice day. We did bundle up before heading to Stovepipe Wells for breakfast, and I remember running the electrics. OK, that was most of the trip! The food in Stovepipe Wells is entirely respectable, but do be aware they are closed between meals - like 10am to 12 or something like that.
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:45 PM   #43
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The ice was a little off putting. Being older and used to getting up at the butt-crack-of-dawn, I was usually up before T&T and made the pilgrimage to the gas station / store / slot machines for coffee.

Slot machines? We didn't stop by any houses of ill repute.
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:17 PM   #44
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Rhyolite

We headed out of town, stopping at Rhyolite. It's so close to Beatty that the bike engines had hardly warmed up. Rhyolite reminded Ted of how cool Garnet, Montana is- Garnet has mostly-furnished buildings and abandoned items, where Rhyolite just has the structures remaining.


Tamara with the camera


Nice caboose and rail car


Ken's DL1000 and caboose


Caboose


Railroad station


Hi!


Moon through bank building


Ruins and terrain


Railroad station


Railroad signaling gear


DL1000 on road in Rhyolite


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Old 01-20-2011, 08:58 PM   #45
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Mosaic Canyon

Our next stop was Mosaic Canyon. We weren't equipped for a long hike, but we went a ways into the canyon. Slot canyons are so cool! Ted spent a substantial part of the time climbing the steep canyon walls for some reason.


Narrow!


Tamara in the canyon entrance


Ken in Mosaic Canyon


Ted, climbing the canyon wall


Tamara in Mosaic Canyon


Marbling on the canyon wall


Ted and Ken


Ted, photographing a ledge


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