In November and early December, we traveled to Burbank to have Thanksgiving with our son, Justin. After Thanksgiving, we continued to visit parks in the California desert: Anza Borrego Desert State Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave Desert National Preserve, Death Valley National Park, and Red Rock Canyon State Park. This map shows our travels. I made it with APRS, an amateur radio service where I transmit our position as we travel and then pick up the locations on a map service when we return, and make a map as you see here. Since it is amateur radio, no Internet service is needed while we travel.
On November 28 - December 1, 2018, we camped at Death Valley National Park in the Furnace Creek Campground. We had made plans far enough in advance to get a site with full hookups. Since it was winter, it wasn't really hot but it was nice to have the hookups.
We drove through Mojave National Preserve to get here, and discovered that the visitor center, a really nice restored train station, was closed because they aren't open on Wednesdays. The budget cutbacks keep taking their toll.
Retirement is great. We bought a travel trailer and are exploring National Parks. (Actually, we bought one and sold it and bought a second one better suited to us. It happens...) And I have time to do some woodworking projects and things around the house. And now I have gotten interested in ham radio so there goes any free time.