Our last few weeks in Death Valley were filled with a myriad of things.
If you ever come to Death Valley look for the white. It is there that you will find water flowing out of the mountain sides or leaching from the ground. Sometimes just a trickle. Sometimes more. Either way, it’s a pretty neat find and something you wouldn’t expect in a placed such as this.
For the last month or so we’ve spent the bulk of our time at Scotty’s Castle making sense of some pretty nonsensical photo cataloging data. Put it this way, in the category of ‘Other Numbers’, the other numbers have other numbers! We are happy to report that we succeeded and the catalog is slightly less tricky to interpret now. As a result, we returned to our dust masks, paint brushes and fancy vacuum. This time we were cleaning…
Oh yeah, that’s how we roll. The best thing about volunteering is the very wide variety of experiences that you get. Admittedly, even in our wildest dreams, we never thought we’d be cleaning dirt off of (compacted) dirt. It is what it is though and what it actually is is… Groundstones, Mortars and Pestles (otherwise known as Native American Artifacts). Or you could just call them rocks as we did for most of the day because, well, it just made it fun.
And, for our last week of volunteering we went behind the iron gates…
to complete a scavenger hunt (of sorts) inside the castle. Essentially, we went from room to room trying to track down the location of certain objects that were left without descriptions in our database. Happily, we had a fair amount of success. It was also nice to spend some time inside the castle; sort of a final goodbye.
Let’s see, third on our list of things we did before we left Death Valley is…
It has been a year since we’ve seen them so we were pretty stoked. We took them to places we’ve been before and to some we hadn’t seen yet.
and visited the Open Air Museum.
Well, we’ve got to wrap up both this post and our little home on wheels.
As our time in the world of DEVA comes to an end we find ourselves slightly conflicted. What a wonderful two months we’ve had in a beautiful location with some really great people. We learned a good deal about curatorial work. Weather wise you’ll hear no complaints from us about spending two winter months in Death Valley, that’s for sure.
All things considered, staying longer would not be a hardship in any way and the offer was extended to us many times over. But, hitch or not, we’ve got the itch.
Our nomadic spirits are calling us and if we don’t answer they may take more aggressive measures.
So, we depart this beautiful area and head toward yet another grand adventure on this road that we call ‘our life’.
a little bit Gypsy.”