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Posted: 04/16/10 11:27am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great one jefe, thanks! Its helping to fire me up for going to Moab next week. Can't wait. One of these days I hope to spend some time out in these haunts of yours......but it seems like I'd rather aim to do it closer to the winter time when it would be a bit cooler. Some of your pictures make me feel hot looking at them. This time of year is a little later than I most like to go to Moab, but it looks like we'll have cool and maybe even rainy weather (the way I like it.)

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Posted: 04/16/10 12:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wowzers....You guys do nice trips.....I'm envious...

Jim


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Posted: 04/16/10 05:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great photos and trip report jefe ... and it looks like you had fun! When we still lived in California, we regularly made trips to Anza Borrego, Death Valley, and other environs in the Mojave every year. But we agree with btggraphix ... we typically would do these areas between November and February to keep the heat down (although it sounds like it wasn't too toasty when you were there).

BTW, watch out for those "sticks" that move ... they have quite a bite to them (one of those almost got me in Anza in the mid-80's). [emoticon]


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Posted: 04/17/10 07:13am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow! Great TR !

Anza always brings back a flood of memories (albeit, without truck camper); it is definitely on our 'to do' list with TC [emoticon]

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hikerdmb,
Yes, we were stopped at lower willows by the 7' high tunnel of willows. The water was a couple feet deep. I just didn't want to scrape my clearance lights, vents, and all the exterior hardware off into the water. That would give a new description of 'stripped down model'.
Having lived in So. Cal. for most of my life, I've gone down and up the Anza Trail dozens of times, mostly before the endangered species act closed it. First trip was in March of 1965, and indeed the water was up as your pic shows. Only then it was in a '49 Willys Ute wagon with a Cheeby V8 and springs over axle. This was only the second time we took the TC and got very remote, to a favorite destination: remote.
The Anza Borrego Desert State Park permits camping virtually any where except where prohibited by signage. It is a huge park, as state parks go with lots of variation.
regards, as always, jefe


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bigfootford wrote:

Wowzers....You guys do nice trips.....I'm envious...

Jim


Definitly. Really cool, thanks for posting the report.





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Great pics and report. And great job driving that truck and camper on those trails. I live very close to the area and go there more than I like to admit but I usually take my jeep. Taking your rig up coyote canyon takes some skill. Did you make it to the water crossing before the bypass? That is the deepest and longest most years. Here is how it looked in March 2008 from behind the windshield of the Desert TJ.
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we enjoyed this trip soooo much-thanks for an interesting narrative and great pictures.

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Posted: 04/16/10 08:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bee-you-ti-full! Those badlands look REALLY bad - like how do we get out of here bad. I really appreciate you getting out there and living "la vida loca"

Great flower pics too, although you said that thistle was "a color not found in nature" [emoticon] I could be wrong here, but that sure looked like nature to me.... [emoticon]

Thanks for the show Jefe!


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Posted: 04/18/10 11:46am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How did I missed this wonderful trip report, good going jefe4x4 on your desert adventure. We just got back from doing Bradshaw Trail,Opal Hill Mine, Hausser Beds and Joshua Tree NP.


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