When life demands a little break for natural wonders, you take that break and visit…
Death Valley is a marvel of the universe with vast beauty. It’s a below-sea-level land of extreme dry rarities that offers a palette of nature’s most magnificent colors. Despite researching the area for a little over a week, we could not find any vacancies. However, we were determined to visit, even if it meant a continuous drive there and back. That amounts to a five-hour journey with four adults and two kids, a tour of three points of interest and a five-hour return journey home.
Our Death Valley trip was a special one. We travel pretty frequently, both near and far. But this was the first time we took our little brother, Anton, with us. You see, Anton is a very special boy. He’s funny, inquisitive, kind and smiles a lot. He’s also autistic – and our daughter Scout’s youngest uncle and best friend.
During the drive, we discussed all of the things we were expecting to see. We did this in order to mentally prepare Anton for the adventure ahead. We spoke to him about rocks, flowers, and open fields. We asked Scout to make sure she always keeps an eye on him. Scout is three and a half and Anton is turning six. Whenever we are out in public, Scout keeps a very close eye on him. As you can see in our video, she screams, “Anton! I need your help!” In addition, there’s also always the echoing, “Anton, where are you?” and “Anton! Hold my hand!” Our first rule when we go out is to discuss safety. Always be close, always look both ways for oncoming cars and ask questions…LOTS of them. We want to make sure any queries they may have will be completely covered.
We selected three locations that we thought would be great for our trip. Before we arrived at our first destination, we made a pit stop at the Death Valley Junction to see the eerie yet iconic Amargosa Opera house. The town of Death Valley Junction is a ghost town except for this establishment. We were hoping they would be open to taking a quick tour, but no such luck.