A visit to the China Date Ranch

 

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.

We saw this little follow crossing the road on our way to the date ranch so Diane MADE ME turn around and go back so she could get a better look LOL!!!

We saw this little follow crossing the road on our way to the date ranch so Diane MADE ME turn around and go back so she could get a better look LOL!!!

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)

Part of the road leading into the Date Ranch

Part of the road leading into the Date Ranch

More of the road leading to the Date Ranch. You won't want to be taking any big rigs down there

More of the road leading to the Date Ranch. You won’t want to be taking any big rigs down there.

First peak of the ranch as you drive down.

First peak of the ranch as you drive down.

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/

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There are a number of these mine openings along the road

There are a number of these mine openings along the road

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While at the ranch we ventured out on a couple hiking trails and also took a stroll through the date orchard.

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Dates hanging from the tree with a protective cloth cover.

Dates hanging from the tree with a protective cloth cover.

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And of course we had to sample a date shake and bought a loaf of date bread.

Mmmmmm, a date shake. WITH 2 SPOONS!!!

Mmmmmm, a date shake. WITH 2 SPOONS!!!

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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.

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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.

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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

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3 Responses to A visit to the China Date Ranch

  1. debbiemc14 says:

    I’ve always heard about the date shakes there, but haven’t made it out there yet through all our trips to Pahrump. The drive looked like a lot of fun. Loved those walls. While in Pahrump, you should checkout the Chicken Ranch. It’s fun to go and just have a drink. You could always ask for an application just for kicks 😉 We have good friends that live out there on a small dairy goat ranch.

  2. Dates are one of my favorite foods:o)) Would love to be there when they get the fresh harvest. Like the photo of the dates still in the tree!!!

  3. Ingrid says:

    When we were in Death Valley a couple of years ago, we paid over $5.50 for diesel… thus our explorations were kept to a minimum 🙂 The Date Ranch looks interesting!

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