If you are going to Death Valley Junction, the place to stay is the Armagosa Opera house. Actually it’s the only place to stay 🙂
The population is less than 20, but it does have it’s own airport…
The Armagosa Opera house also holds a motel, where I pre-booked a room for the night. Which was good, because there were no available rooms when I arrived. The contrast to the Palazzo in Las Vegas, where I spent the week before, was huge.
The motel is pretty worn down, but still has it’s charm and is definitely worth a visit. Here is the reception area. Notice the guitar on the chair, which is painted on the wall.
Each room is different, and they have a photo of each room at their web-site. My room looked like this, and I even had a shower with hot and cold water.
After checking in, I went back on the highway to try to capture the sunset. Here is a photo of what I think is called Shadow Mountain.
(1/80s, F9.0, ISO100, 30mm – Lens 24-70F2.8)
And then later during sunset
(1250s, F10, ISO800, 70mm – Lens 24-70F2.8)
Here it is almost dark, and the moon is up in the corner.
(1/50s, F4.5 ISO 100, 12mm – Lens 11-18)
What really amazed me by being in the desert was the silence. I could hear no sounds at all. Except for a car passing by. Even turning the dials on the camera sounded like thunder after a while. Quite amazing, how there can be no sound.
Back at the Opera House the manager was kind enough to let me borrow the key to the stage, so I got to take a couple of photos there as well.