Thank you to those of you who messaged me and asked about my birthday weekend getaway in Death Valley National Park.
It was an amazing weekend, and I'll always remember it. I didn't really know what to expect, so I just overpacked and went with the flow. Instead of staying in the overly spendy Furnace Creek Inn, my daughter rented a nice little rustic cabin for the two of us and the three grandkids (way more kid friendly and none of the silly dress codes) My son in law stayed in their travel trailer in the nearby campground with other family members who were in their travel trailers as well. I was happy to have a real bed. LOL
The first night we all met for dinner fireside at the family's campsite under the stars - my SIL put a candle in my meatloaf and all 20 in attendance there sang happy birthday.
Then we went to the concert under the Milky Way to watch my SIL and his family sing and play their music. More concerts the next day, and a little exploring. We went for a covered wagon ride through the park, thanks to a very nice friend of my SIL's and two beautiful strong horses. The grands especially loved that, we all did.
We wanted to stop and have a nice filling afternoon lunch before our trip home but there are only 3 restaurants there, and 2 of them couldn't accommodate our party of 20.
The last one we stopped at was just closing to get ready for the dinner rush, but they opened up just for us and then locked the front door.
We had the whole place to ourselves with amazing personalized service and a lovely meal.
The drive home was interesting - we got stuck in the middle of an intense sandstorm on that long desolate desert highway and had to stop many times behind my SIL, who was pulling the travel trailer in front of us. Yikes. Couldn't see the road in front of us. Finally made it home safe and sound about 5 hours later than we expected to. I will never forget this past weekend - it was awesome.
If you made it this far, thanks for reading! LOL