The day started early at 7:30am and it was a little nippy in the RV to say the least. It was about 66f when we went to bed, and prayed we’d have enough propane to last the night – NOT! It was a balmy 46f in the morning and Dar was only saved from freezing to death due to the unselfish act of Boo sleeping on her pillow pressed up against her cheek all night to help keep her warm. That, and the electric blanket.
A quick pack up and we were able to hit the road and actually be driving down the highway by 9am, after finding out the deal with getting more propane on Tuesday morning.
As we had gassed up the car the night before, we headed straight towards Death Valley Junction. A “town” if you can call it that, with a population of a grand total of 3! We drove right past the famous Amargosa Opera House Rob wanted to see, so we had to stop. Dar took a few photos and a bathroom break was in order, as well as a stop in the café to see what they offered. The lady told us we could get a tour inside the Opera House for $5 each, check with the hotel staff – so we did!
Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley Junction
Well worth the $10 it cost to see Marta Beckett’s 40+ year labor of love. Marta was a dancer who had fate drop her into this location by way of a flat tire. She bought the old Corkhill Hall and made it her own, performing there herself. When audiences dwindled to none, she painted her own audience onto the walls of the hall, all of them wearing formal Victorian attire. A quick search for her name will tell you more of this amazing woman who still lives there, now well into her 80’s. There is a book about her story, and apparently soon to be a movie as well. We didn’t get to meet her but she still lives on the property and is recovery, we’re told from hip surgery.
After our stop in Death Valley Junction to see the Opera House, we traveled into Death Valley to see more. Our first stop was Zabriskie Point.