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Death Valley – Part Two

Hola hola!

Part two of Death Valley comin’ right up!  There are going to be a lot of photos in this post, so stand by!

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These were some pretty purple and yellow flowers along the side of the road.  We’re heading to the border of California and Nevada to see Rhyolite – a ghost town.

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This was the view looking back on our way up the road.  Our plan was to run up highway 374, stop in the old ghost town of Rhyolite and then take one of the back roads through another ghost town and down Titus Canyon.

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Some interesting statues when entering Rhyolite:

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I believe this was the schoolhouse:IMGP0918

 

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And this was the bank:

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This building was in the best shape.  I think this was the train depot.

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An old train car still remained.IMGP0922

This is the depot from the other side.  There were also some picnic tables and it made the perfect stop for our lunch.IMGP0924

I just realized the following photo is blurry.  After we left Rhyolite, we headed down a back road which was a long windy dirt road.  It was really beautiful and I’m glad we went this way.

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I think this sign says it all:

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This route took us past an old ghost town known as Leadfield.IMGP0940 IMGP0941

Some of the buildings were still standing:IMGP0942 IMGP0943

Looking into one of the mines through the bars they put up to keep people out.IMGP0946 IMGP0947

Starting the drive through Titus Canyon.

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It was really, really neat.  It kind of reminded me of the road through Berdoo canyon in Joshua Tree.  Although I think this canyon was deeper.IMGP0956 IMGP0960

Our second campsite at Mesquite Spring campground.  We chose this campground because we thought there would be fewer people and would therefore be quieter.  I think we were right.

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The next day we headed towards Badwater:IMGP0967

A close up of one of the pretty yellow flowers:IMGP0969

And yet another pretty flower:
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This is the road on the way to Furnace Creek from the Mesquite Spring campground where we stayed the night before.IMGP0975

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It is amazing how this looks like snow but is really salt.  I’m not sure what the temperature was but it was pretty warm.  I wouldn’t be surprised if it was in the lower 80’s or thereabouts.

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The ground here was very crunchy.  Kind of felt like walking on frozen ground.

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And that about sums it up!  Glad we had the opportunity to get out here during this time.

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Death Valley – Part One

Hello fellow world wide webbers!

Coming up is our impromptu visit to Death Valley!  I learned of the “superbloom” going on in Death Valley and since we’re only about five hours away, we decided run out there.  It was an opportunity to see something amazing that only comes around about every decade, so why not?  The following photo was taken when my truck was clean.  This is the first glimpse of the Death Valley area heading north on Highway 178.

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Ballarat is an old ghost town just outside of Death Valley.

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There wasn’t a whole lot left.  Just a few buildings,IMGP0856 IMGP0857

what looks like an old railroad cart,IMGP0859

and this awesome pickup.  I just love this photo!

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So good!  As old and cheap as my camera is, I just love the photos it takes!  IMGP0862

The following photo is the sunset at our first campsite.  We stayed at the Wildrose Campground.  Unfortunately, the most direct route was closed due to flooding back in October.  We had to take the detour that added about 50 miles or so to our trip.  But that was okay, we still made camp before dark and we got to see a section of the park we wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

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These neat old houses were across the road from where the campsites are.  I’m not sure what their use was, but it makes for a really nice photo as the sun was going down.  I apologize for the smudges on the photo.  As much as I try to clean the lens I can’t seem to be rid of them.  IMGP0870

Wildrose is a very nice campground and I highly recommend it for tent campers or pickups with camper tops.  Vehicles longer then twenty-five feet are not allowed on both roads leading into Wildrose and for good reason :-).  It was very curvy and a little steep at times.  It was quiet, with plenty of space between campsites.  Biggest downside, is it is in a canyon so everything echoes off the walls and you can hear just about everything including quiet conversations from campers nowhere near your campsite!  It is at a higher elevation so it is a wise choice during the warmer months.  We enjoyed a lovely fire that evening:IMGP0878

Sunrise!  It is time to explore!

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Our first stop was the Charcoal Kilns.  Built in the late 1800’s by Chinamen, these large charcoal kilns stand at twenty-five feet tall and thirty feet in circumference.  I believe there are ten of them and they each hold up to four cords of wood.

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Please click on the photo below for a larger image and a better explanation then I can give.

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Truly amazing.

From there, we stopped in at Aguereberry’s old mining camp on our way back to the main road (Hwy 190).

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This was a very fun place to explore.  His old house was still pretty well intact considering how long it has been standing there, an old car, and a ton of areas where he used to do mining.  He mined in this area for over forty years.

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All of the mines are closed off for obvious reasons.  How exciting (and probably stupid) it would be to be able to run around in there!

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Peeking into one of the old mine entrances through the bars:

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I really like the next photo.  It puts the size of everything in a better perspective:

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Well, I’m going to wrap it up for this post!  I’ll have part two coming up here in a bit and I also have some photos from the USS Midway here in San Diego.  We plan on heading out to Ocotillo Wells and renting an ATV probably this week or the next, so I’m hoping we get to explore some areas of Anza-Borrego we haven’t been.  We’re also working on getting the garden in order so I’ll get some photos and stuff on that. I’m hoping to have everything squared away and planted by the weekend.  Stick around!

Pacific Crest Trail From S-22 To Highway 78

Buenos Dias!

All is well out here in good ‘ol southern California!  Although it has been a short time since my last post, I have many photos to share!  In this post, we’re going to check out the 24 mile hike between SR-22 and Highway 78 on the Pacific Crest Trail.  This is the same place I started last time except I’m heading south, in the opposite direction.
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100 mile mark for everyone heading in the opposite direction from the border of Mexico!
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An interesting cave:

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The following photo gives a general idea of what the area looks like.  The trail consists of seemingly endless switchbacks that made the trail nearly feel flat the entire way (with the exception of the end).

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The following photo is of a cactus getting ready to bloom.

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Unfortunately, water access is far and few in these parts.  In this section, one would have to leave the trail and walk aways down a hill to find some water.  It was also the only water stop for this entire stretch.  I may be wrong, but I also think it is just a water cache which is not a reliable source.  I think I saw some hikers camping out down there, which was really odd, because it was 10:15 in the morning!

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Everything is very green right now, making all the views very beautiful.

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I was very thankful for my hat!

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This is what was labeled as, “dry waterfall”.

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Some pretty cacti starting to bloom.

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A fine example of an ocotillo plant.  It also had a few buds.

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This was a cactus near the end of my hike.  The last portion of this 24 mile section is a little steep compared to the rest of it but nothing too extreme.
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Jason picked me up and the junction of S-2 and Highway 78 and we were on our way!

Stay tuned!  I have some great photos from our recent trip to Death Valley, including some of the current “Super Bloom”!

Yoga x3

Hello, hello!

How’s it goin’?  Would you believe I’ve made it to Yoga three times in the past four days?  Yes sirree, that is correct!  I picked up a month of unlimited classes for Corepower Yoga from groupon and started on Saturday.  In addition, they give all new people a free week, so I’ll get five weeks total.

I’ve taken the Corepower 1 class three times and I think that is good until I get a hang of things.  There are some moves that are familiar from taking Bikram Yoga in the past, but it’s all pretty new to me.  I feel like I might could stick with this so we’ll see what happens at the end of my five weeks.

I’m going to get a post up about a recent hike, so I’ll do that next, but other then that I picked up some supplies to get my garden ready for the new season, made some bread and blueberry muffins, among other things.

This is a pretty boring post but I have a good post coming up about my recent hike.  I promise!  Featured image is a taste of things to come!

Take care now!

A Day of Slacking

Buenos Dias!

Today’s post is about my short hike yesterday!  We live not too far from multiple points of where the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) crosses a road.  Yesterday, I parked my truck where it crosses S-22, a.k.a Montezuma Valley Rd.

About mile 101 of the Pacific Crest Trail - S22 crossing, Montezuma Valley Rd.
About mile 101 of the Pacific Crest Trail – S22 crossing, Montezuma Valley Rd.

I chose this random section because it was close, the distance was about what I wanted to hike, and it would be easy for my husband to come pick me up when he woke up (he works the night shift).  My plan was to drive and park at S-22 crossing, and then hike about ten miles north through Warner Springs to the second crossing at Highway 79.

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Near the beginning of my hike. That’s Palomar Mountain in the distance.

The majority of the hike was through a very large cow pasture.  I’ve driven through it dozens of times but never hiked through it.  It is a very massive cow ranch.

Hiking through the cow field.
Hiking through the cow field.

Everything is so green right now!  We’ve had some rain and the weather has been warm.  In the summer everything turns yellow and, believe it or not, that is also very pretty.

A neat tree.
A neat tree.
This little fella was a reminder to keep an eye out!
This little fella was a reminder to keep an eye out!

Unfortunately my camera is starting to die or something.  Sometimes it has trouble turning off or on.  But, it survived this trip!

There was plenty of water at San Ysidro Creek.
There was plenty of water at San Ysidro Creek.
If that's not a perfect place to camp, I don't know what is!
If that’s not a perfect place to camp, I don’t know what is!

At the halfway point, coincidentally because I didn’t plan it, was Eagle Rock:

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Eagle Rock

Not sure what its significance is because it looked like any other rock outcrop out there, but it was a good place to take a 10 – 15 minute break.

A Big Tree
A Big Tree

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The only other people I met out there was this lady on a horse.  It was a gaited horse, too!  And then two other people.  I think they were walking out to Eagle Rock from Warner Springs because they didn’t really have any gear with them.

A neat little beach by the creek.
A neat little beach by the creek.

I was surprised to see running water along a small portion of the trail before I got into Warner Springs.

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This is looking back the way I came, once I reached Warner Springs.  I started just north of Barrel Springs, so I think at this point I had hiked about eight miles.

Gate past the first crossing of Highway 79.
Gate past the first crossing of Highway 79.

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This photo was taken near the end.  The second crossing of Highway 79 is just past those trees.

Jason met me there, and then since we were soooo close (okay, not really, it was an extra fifteen miles) we stopped in at Carlee’s in Borrego Springs for some cold brews and and early supper/late lunch.

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It was a good day.

That sums up yesterday!

Let’s Get This Show On The Road!

Howdy, howdy!

As this post title reads, let’s get this show on the road!  What better way then to just give a summary of what is going on down here in good ‘ol North San Diego County!

First up!  I’m going on a nice good day hike today, about ten miles of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).  My recent plan is to do some slackpacking of the PCT that is within a reasonable driving distance.  I will report back with photos and probably non-entertaining anecdotes from the day.

I picked up a groupon for a month of unlimited classes at Core Power Yoga.  It looks very interesting and I’m interested to start perhaps tomorrow or Sunday.

The garden is looking good and I need to take care of it this weekend.

Okay, that is it for now, and here is a photo because you can’t have a post without a random photo!  How boring!

Coachella Valley Nature Preserve
Coachella Valley Nature Preserve

Talk to you tomorrow!

Post #1

Now what does one name their first post?

It should probably be something catchy, or something that would come up on a search engine or something but I think I’ll go with Post #1.

Maybe a cool photo?

Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park

Nah, that ones not cool enough… how about this one:

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Borrego Valley

What shall it be about?

Hmmm, well please check out my About Page (on your left) to learn about me and what this blog is going to be about.  But here is a quick recap:

My husband, Jason, and I (Rebekah) are living in Southern California although he is from Oregon and I from Virginia.

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Camping in Anza-Borrego

Okay, okay…

Perhaps I should just start with what I did today.  This morning I picked up a truck load of avocado wood to burn in our fireplace:

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Then, I ran out to Valley Center to pick up a wine (renamed beer) cooler to put in the garage.  For the past two days I’ve been cleaning up the garage and setting things up for Jason so that he has his workshop up and ready to go.  What’ more does one need then a wine, I mean beer, cooler?

 

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