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Donnerstag, 16. Februar 2017, 18:48

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Dienstag, 28. Februar 2017, 17:47

Scotty's Castle Flood Recovery Tours

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There will be a limited number of opportunities this spring to visit Scotty’s Castle. This is a unique opportunity to witness the damage caused by a large flash flood and to learn about the National Park Service’s ongoing work to restore the historic district.

Scotty’s Castle Flood Recovery Tours will be offered twice a day on March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26 and April 2. The tour costs $25 per person, lasts 2 hours and will involve walking over uneven surfaces. Children younger than six are not allowed. More information is available at www.dvnha.org. Each tour is limited to 13 participants and advance reservations are required. Call 1-800-478-8564, extension 10 to make a reservation.

The National Park Service (NPS) and Death Valley Natural History Association (DVNHA) are working together to offer Scotty’s Castle Flood Recovery Tours. DVNHA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and interpreting the natural and cultural resources of the Death Valley region.

Except for these ranger-guided tours, Scotty’s Castle and Grapevine Canyon have been closed to all public entry since a devastating flash flood in October 2015. Except for these tours, the area will remain off-limits to the public until repairs are completed, likely to be late 2019 or early 2020.

Scotty’s Castle is a historic district clustered near a lush spring in the north end of Death Valley National Park. Millionaire Albert Johnson built Scotty’s Castle as his personal retreat to get away from it all in the 1920s. However, his good friend Death Valley Scotty claimed it was his Castle and claimed to have financed it with a gold mine in the basement. The two men had an unusual friendship – they met because Scotty conned Johnson out of thousands of dollars.

Before the flood, about 120,000 people per year visited Scotty’s Castle. Nearly half of them took the hour-long tour to see the inside of the Main House. Park rangers dressed in clothing from the 1930s as they recounted the fantastical tales of the history of the house and its unusual residents.

Over three inches of rain fell on the hills surrounding Scotty’s Castle in just five hours on October 18, 2015. The resulting flash flood inundated two of the historic buildings, causing significant damage to the interior of the visitor center and Hacienda. Almost a mile of water line, over 25 electrical poles, the septic system, and huge sections of 8 miles of road washed away. Fortunately, the damage to the main house was minimal.

NPS crews and contractors moved the entire museum collection off-site to protect it from temperature and humidity changes, pests, and risk of fire, flood and vandalism. Participants on the Flood Recovery Tours will see part of the inside of the main house without furnishings.

The National Park Service has marked several milestones in the flood recovery effort. Hundreds of miles of roads across the park were cleared of debris and reopened. The heavily-damaged Jubilee Pass section of Badwater Road reopened last summer. Artists Drive and Harmony Borax will be repaired and open by mid-March.

An access route to Scotty’s Castle for construction vehicles was created. Mud and debris were removed from the historic buildings, walkways and swimming pool. A temporary water line now supplies water to the historic district’s fire suppression system. Electricity has been temporarily restored to most buildings.

Over the next couple years the NPS plans to repair the damaged water reservoir, replace the nearly mile-long water line, replace the sceptic tanks and leach field, finish repairs to the electrical distribution system, rebuild the road, repair several buildings, install interpretive exhibits, bring the museum collection back to the main house, and dozens of other projects.

The total cost of recovering from October 2015’s floods is estimated at $48 million. This funding is coming from entrance fees paid by Death Valley National Park visitors, regional and national offices of the National Park Service, Federal Highway Administration, and donations.

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Sonntag, 12. März 2017, 17:08

Abandoned van causes serious damage to salt pan at Death Valley

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Officials at Death Valley National Park discovered another instance of vandalism at Badwater Basin on Wednesday morning.
Someone abandoned an old van off-road of the basin, the park officials said on a Facebook page. The van left dark brown tire marks across the salt pan that could stick around for years, according to officials.
It takes an additional layer of salt to erase the damage left by tire marks, park spokeswoman Abby Wines said. One solution to the problem is to spray the affected area with water and allow the water to evaporate, leaving a fresh layer of salt.
The van, located about a half-mile off Badwater Road, has since been towed out, Wines said. The process further damaged the pan, but it was worth removing the vehicle from the territory, she said.

As a result of the damage, the National Park has applied for a three-year grant to fund restoration required after vehicles have driven off-road, the park said.

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Death Valley has been subject to multiple instances of vandalism in the past caused by vehicles traveling off-road, though signs warn visitors not to drive past a certain point.
The park is currently prosecuting three cases, Wines said.
When asked if the vandalism appeared malicious, Wines said, “Overall it seems that people don’t know” about the repercussions of driving off-road.
Several factors might contribute to the confusion. Media representations, specifically car commercials, depict joyrides across natural landscapes and lake beds.
“That puts in people’s heads that it’s OK to do this,” Wines said. And in the case of the Racetrack Playa, which was scarred by a motorist in August, the name itself might contribute to some confusion, but the park would rather not change the name because of its history, Wines said.
With increased awareness of the problem, Wines said, fewer people will drive off-road.

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Sonntag, 12. März 2017, 19:42

Ich teile nicht die Ansicht, dass die Meisten dieser Vandalen quasi "nicht wissen was sie tun". Die weitaus überwiegende Mehrheit solcher Leute weiss ganz genau, dass es verboten ist und ggf. auch streng bestraft wird, abseits markierter Strassen zu fahren (Die "Driving Off Roads Prohibited" Schilder sind nicht zu übersehen) und dass Natur, historische Stätten und Artefakte nicht beschädigt werden dürfen.

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Sonntag, 19. März 2017, 15:06

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Sonntag, 26. März 2017, 15:16

Mir war bislang gar nich bekannt, dass es im Death Valley NP einen Flughafen gibt. (:kratz:)

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Sonntag, 26. März 2017, 18:05

Mir war bislang gar nich bekannt, dass es im Death Valley NP einen Flughafen gibt...


Aber ja doch, gleich neben der Furnace Creek Ranch. Es ist aber eher ein Flugplatz als ein Flughafen und wird hauptsächlich von Privatmaschinen benutzt.

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Mittwoch, 29. März 2017, 18:15

Es gibt wohl nichts, was Pappnasen nicht irgendwie zu Geld machen wollen. (:kotz:)

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Montag, 7. August 2017, 17:29

Hitzerekord im Death Valley

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Das Death Valley ist weltweit für seine hohen Temperaturen bekannt. Doch nun wurde in dem amerikanischen Nationalpark ein neuer Hitzerekord aufgestellt.

Das kalifornische Death Valley (Tal des Todes) hat einen neuen Hitzerekord aufgestellt. Nach Angaben der Parkverwaltung und des Wetterdienstes war Juli der heißeste Monat aller Zeiten seit Beginn der Temperaturmessungen. Demnach lagen die Durchschnittstemperaturen im vergangenen Monat bei 41,9 Grad Celsius. Der bisherige Rekord im Jahr 1917 lag knapp darunter bei 41,8 Grad.
Nachts fielen die Juli-Temperaturen auf 35 Grad ab. Dafür kletterten die Tageswerte im Schnitt auf 48,6 Grad hoch. Der höchste Wert wurde am 7. Juli gemessen, als das Thermometer auf 52,7 Grad anstieg.
Das Death Valley hat auch den Weltrekord für den heißesten Platz der Erde inne. Am 10. Juli 1913 wurden dort 56,7 Grad registriert.
Das Tal des Todes liegt rund anderthalb Autostunden von Las Vegas entfernt. Der Nationalpark bietet atemraubende Naturphänomene. Die Badwater-Salzpfanne ist mit 86 Metern unter dem Meeresspiegel der tiefste Punkt der westlichen Hemisphäre.

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Freitag, 25. August 2017, 17:09

Kurzer Überblick

Road Closures

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· West Side Road: Open. 4WD recommended.
· Harry Wade Road: Open. Areas of deep sand. High Clearance and 4WD required.
· Titus Canyon Road: Closed due to flood damage.
· Mesquite Spring Campground: Closed due to flood damage.
· Scotty's Castle Road/North Highway: Closed into Grapevine Canyon (Bonnie Claire Road) due to flood damage. No access to Scotty's Castle or NV-267.
· Keane Wonder Road and Mine: Closed due to mine safety hazards.

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Samstag, 26. August 2017, 08:58

Wildrose ist wieder offen - nach vier Jahren. Endlich!

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Donnerstag, 5. Oktober 2017, 16:50

Scotty's Castle Days: Death Valley Weekend

While the historic abode undergoes renovations, stop by the Furnace Creek Visitor Center for talks, photos, and other to-dos.

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The big thing to note here is that Scotty's Castle Days won't actually take place at the happening's namesake but at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center. As for what will happen during the info-filled weekend? "This free public event will offer an opportunity to remember the beauty of Scotty's Castle through a virtual reality experience, new Scotty's Castle exhibits, a photo booth, and other programming!," says the site. Also? Talks about what's happening with the renovations will be a part of the gathering, as well as "costumed interpreters." If you're a Scotty's buff, and you just can't wait to see it again, this is definitely a next-best-thing kind of deal, a weekend full of love for the desert gem. Just make for the national park, and the Furnace Creek area, on Saturday, Oct. 7 and Sunday, Oct. 8, and connect with a fabled castle years ahead of its reopening.

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Dienstag, 7. November 2017, 17:37

Park service offers limited tours of closed ‘castle’ in Death Valley

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Scotty’s Castle is still at least two years from reopening, so Death Valley National Park is again offering limited tours of the popular attraction as flood repairs continue.
The early 20th-century mansion 180 miles northwest of Las Vegas has been closed to the public since a flash flood in October 2015 sent water and mud into two historic buildings on the site and washed away almost a mile of water line, more than 25 power poles, the septic system and about eight miles of road.
The site is not expected to reopen for general visitation until 2020, but starting Dec. 2, the National Park Service and the Death Valley Natural History Association will host walking tours of the site every Saturday through April 14.
A ranger will lead participants around the castle grounds to survey the damage and the repairs in progress. The tour will also include a look inside the castle’s Great Hall, where the furnishings have been temporarily removed, revealing ornate woodwork, tiling and other architectural details.
Each tour is limited to 13 people and advance reservations are required. Reservations can be made online at www.dvnha.org.
Similar “flood recovery tours” were offered in March and April of this year.
Before the flood, Scotty’s Castle drew about 120,000 people per year, and nearly half of them took the hourlong tour to see the inside of the opulent retreat that millionaire Albert Mussey Johnson built in the 1920s.

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