Tuesday 11/4/14 was another sun filled day with temps in the low 70’s, perfect in my book.
The RV park we are staying at offers a free waffle breakfast each morning Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 10 so the first thing on our agenda was to take advantage of their generosity. It’s the only right thing to do don’t you think!!??
So after a morning walk to kill some time we made our way down to the clubhouse and had our waffle, coffee and OJ breakfast and formulated a plan for the remainder of the day. After some, very little actually, contemplating we decided to jump in the jeep and drive towards the China Ranch Date Farm we had heard about.
A lot of our drive was on the historical trade route, The Old Spanish trail on the way. Here is a link in case you want to read about the history of the trail. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Spanish_Trail_(trade_route)
It was roughly a 50 mile drive from our campground to the Date Ranch. Hmmm, we are in Nevada so every time I say we made a tip to the DATE RANCH I feel the need to clarify LOL!! We will share a link to the China Date Ranch and some pictures here instead of becoming long winded about it. http://www.chinaranch.com/
While at the ranch we ventured out on a couple hiking trails and also took a stroll through the date orchard.
And of course we had to sample a date shake and bought a loaf of date bread.
After the “Date Ranch” we headed towards Shoshone. In 2010 Shoshone Village is at an elevation of 1585 feet and in 2010 had a population of 31. Not sure what it is now LOL!! But not many.
The town was founded in 1910 and is known as a southern gateway to Death Valley National Park and has the last services available before the Furnace Creek area in the park. And you can tell by the $4.69 cent diesel prices LOL!!
We poked around Shoshone for a sort while, a very short while, before working our way back towards Pahrump and enjoyed a relaxing evening.
While researching the area I ran across a Youtube video that almost describes the rout we drove. Here is a link in case you care to take a peak. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il62nZyxZr8