Mary and I gave ourselves a weekend getaway in Death Valley as a Christmas gift and we are enjoying it immensely!
We began out vacation in Lone Pine with a stay at the Dow Villa, dinner at Seasons, and breakfast at the Alabama Hills Cafe. The meals were excellent. We highly recommend both of these eateries.
Lone Pine was cloaked in six inches of fresh snow, which is pretty rare. The snowy desert mountains were in unusually fine form.
The highway from Lone Pine to Death Valley was slick, but nearly deserted.
The snow level was roughly 3500' so we were well under the snow line in Panamint Valley. The low lands had flooded forming a huge temporal lake.
Our outing for the first day was a hike at Mesquite Dunes, just east of Stovepipe Wells. The weather was warm, the sky was stunning, and we were overjoyed.
Peace and serenity were reaped in abundance.
The textures of the mud and sand were pleasing.
We capped it all off with cocktails at the Furnace Creek Inn as we watched the sun set behind the Panamint Mountains.