Monday, February 15, 2016

Ibex Pass - Death Valley, USA

I’m excited to join up again this month with fellow blogger Fiona Ryan's  A-Z Guidebook Travel Linkup over at Tiffin Bite Sized Food Adventures. This travel tale link-up goes from February 15th - February 22th, this time travels with the letter "I".

"I" is for Ibex Pass, Death Valley National Park California, USA

Ibex Pass is a mountain pass at 2,070ft in the located in Death Valley National Park on the border of  San Bernardino County. It was named for the only inhabitants who could manage to maneuver gracefully over the dry jaggedly rocky terrain, the mountain goat. 

When we took our road trip out west 3 years back we promised ourselves we'd see as much as we could. Our first stop on that trip was the Pahrump Valley Pow-Wow in Nevada. We had a great time there, it was a very warm and welcoming environment and the food was delicious! We decided to leave with the sun still in the sky so we could take the long way back to Vegas...and I mean the long way. We left Pahrump and headed west toward California and the desert. Since we were so close to California we though why not try to see Death Valley and the Mojave Desert, so plans were set RT178 to RT127 to RT15. It was a beautiful drive, and it goes without saying that we stopped so many times to take pictures. Once we reached Ibex Pass we stopped to walk about a bit, take in the air, and the views. The rocky sherbet colored landscape against a vast clear blue sky was almost surreal. 
“How could rocks and sand and silence make us afraid and yet be so wonderful?”
           ~Edna Brush Perkins, The White Heart of Mojave




For more Letter "I" travel stories, visit A-Z Guidebook Linkup. Stay tuned next month for more travel, centering around the Letter "J"!
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8 comments:

  1. that is an amazing photo. Death Valley? sounds like a fabulous place to be:)
    a road trip is always fun isn't it?

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    1. Thanks Sherry, it really was breathtaking and kind of scary at the same time! :)

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  2. That's a beautiful photo and your description of the sherbert colours is spot on. I'm wondering if we have driven through Ibex pass as we drove from Barstow to Vegas. I think not as snow had already fallen in Kings Canyon Sequoia NP so we took a fairly direct route. I'll have to show this post to Anthony - he will love it.

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    1. Thanks Fiona, it's a beautiful drive. You weren't too far actually just a bit south from there, maybe 40 miles. :)

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  3. Beautiful shot and great description I've been to Vegas and flown to the Grand Canyon but haven't seen the Ibex pass...one for next time!

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    1. Hi Annette, it's definitely a road trip sort of visit! :)

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  4. I'm curious, how hot was it in the Valley when you visited? There's so much in the US I haven't seen yet, and would definitely include this on the travel list as well as the Grand Canyon! :)

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    1. Hi Joy! It was November when we were there and it was already past midday so about 75-80F. I know they do a bike race in the area and they start at like 4am to try to get through the desert before temperatures get crazy hot! :)

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