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jefe 4x4

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Posted: 04/03/09 10:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We're driving down the Greenwater Valley road looking for wildflowers, when, BINGO, we see a great orange/yellow sea off to the right about 4 miles. We take the next dirt track toward that sea when the track doesn't go there. It goes to a canyon, one to the north. It was one of those: "you can't get there from here" situations. We kept going anyway and voila!, another canyon opens up to another orange/yellow beauty.

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We camped on a high spot next to the road. In the afternoon Jeanie noticed it getting darker and what looked like fog enveloping the area. Sandstorm! It was a classic. Just like in the Sahara. The wind blew all night rocking the white box to within an inch of it's life. Jeanie kept asking if the TC would actually blow over on it's side. Every so often we'd get a wind bang, wake up with wide eyes, to fall back asleep until the next one. The next morning was clear and almost windless.
We moved on exploring other mines in the area since we were there. I don't expect to ever get back there so it was kind of a 'bucket list' place.
Typical road near the mines.
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Jeanie thinks these are Mexican Poppies:
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The view from Dante's View. It's 6000 feet down to Badwater (at the lower white part) and includes the view of Telescope Peak.
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We spent the rest of the day driving north thru Death Valley, doing a convenient free dump at Furnace Creek and north around the horn at Ubehebe Crater and the road to
The Race Track. This is truly one of the wierdest natural phenomenae I've ever seen.
Here how it works....they think. It rains (seldom) on the dry lake bed and then freezes, lifting the rocks off the surface enough for the wind (often) to push them along the simi-goo. (BCBG/BCBG/BCBG-the Theme music from Twilight Zone in your ear)
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Traffic jam. I wonder if all these were moving at once. No one has ever seen them move.
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Jeanie watching a 'rock family', previously on the move.
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Even some 'too large and heavy to be moved by the wind' rocks leave their trail:
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Wind was blowing a lot of different directions on this one:
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Needing a place to camp for the night, we ground on ahead to the Lipincot Lead mine road. Whew. Steep and narrow, but we found a spot about the size of the truck to camp for the night. I did chock the tires, in low;/low, and applied the e-brake in this position.
I'd been up the road last year during a jeep trip with the buds, so I knew what to expect. We didn't see anyone, coming, going or staying.

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We came back up the Lipincot road and read the sign again. I like the "No tow service" part. Note to BTG: don't go here. 8<)
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We left via Hidden Valley, another very remote place, up and down over the Hunter Mountain road, rising up to near 7000 ft. and back down south to Hwy 190 and west to the Owens Valley, which looked somehow civilized compared to where we had been. Another couple days camping north along Hwy 395 in the eastern High Sierra and we were home. The hottest day was in the mid 80's F. Mostly in the 70's daytime high, mostly due to us being at higher elevations in the Park.
In the ten days we were on the road, Jeanie and I played at least one hundred games of Backgammon to the light of a GE, battery operated lantern at the table. We spent a total of $20 for lodging (two nights at Yosemite). Used the Geezer Card a lot (aka: Golden Age Passport). We had many memorable campfires, ...er..I mean bar-bee-ques. (don't tell anyone, campfires are prohibito in D.V.). The washing machine tub got a real workout. We were always so far from civilization It just didn't matter. I always buried the fuego excreta (aka ash) leaving no trace. We took the 2K Gen. but never had to use it, as we moved every day letting the 125 amp truck alternator charge all the batts. Never used any of the recovery equipment. Aired down when off road( tried 25 lbs this time, pretty good compromise), especially on the pesky 'washboard' roads. The tire sidewalls took it in the shorts instead of your shorts taking it in the shorts. Jeanie is a great gourmet cook, even off-road, so we ate like Royalty. Her specialty is making something out of nothing.
regards, as always, jefe


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Posted: 04/03/09 11:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great Pictures! Thanks for posting. I'm stuck at work...

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Jefe,
Way cool trip. The Racetrack is spooky. Glad you enjoyed your trip and found some wildflowers. I was up your way last week. Washington to Malakoff via Relief Hill Road. Not nearly as much fun as Lipincot Rd.
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Posted: 04/04/09 12:38am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Both parts, good photos, well done!

Those super singles you put on a while back on the rear seem to be doing fine for you.

I have just got to go to that area some day.


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Posted: 04/04/09 01:07am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The wild flower pictures reminded me it is time to go to see Carrizo Plain. It won't be a great year but we did have some late rain that should have helped. My second favorite place to camp there is next to the grave of a woman who died in the late 1800's. The first place is a high ridge where the birds ride the wave of updraft right outside the dinette window.


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Posted: 04/04/09 02:19am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jefe 4x4 another great report along with wonderful photos. I've had to add to my list of DV things to see when go back there later this year. Here link to Desert USA this site has posting of wildflower reports and description of many flowers in the desert areas. Can't wait to go back myself.


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awww. damn it, now I have to go get a TC just to do that trip. Excellent trip report, thanks.





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Posted: 04/04/09 06:44am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Some day...some day.....Looks like you really got away from it all! Thanks for sharing!

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Another Great One!!! Thanks. I really have to get down there. Why was this your last trip?


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Posted: 04/04/09 08:36am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great Trip-- the Playa rocks!! pun intended [emoticon]

Here is a You tube video of the area. Very interesting.

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