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At about 1:00pm on Friday, April the 12th, Chris called me, and told me that since the conditions for diving that weekend would be poor, we should go out to the Mojave, and explore some more places we have not been.
So we did. After dinner at Don Jose's, (good carnitas) we headed off. Usual 91 to the 15 to the 40. This time instead of turning north on Kelbaker road, we kept going east till we hit Fenner. A bit north of Fenner, near an abandoned mine, and a small spring, we spent the night.
Here are all the pictures


Our route this trip.

All the places we've been.

Saturday morning, we got up a bit after sunrise to explore the local area.
This was part of the ore processing part of the mine, where ore was unloaded from the rail cars into machines, or trucks.
This, disapointingly enough, was the actual mine. It's just an "open pit" mine, which is basically just a hole in the ground.
This is the view of the vally floor from our camp site. The sky was perfect all weekend.
Here's Chris pretending to be a mountain goat.

Saturday we started our loop around the area we picked.

This was called "Government Holes" on our map. It was one of a thousand windmill/well/water tank/water pond installations out there. Most were owned by OX Ranch Company, but a bunch were set up by the park service to feed the critters.
Another way the park service helps out the local fauna is by setting up "Guzzlers" like this one. It just collects rainwater into a shaded pond, from which the animals can drink.
We actually found a nice shady area with trees for lunch. Chris likes trees and misses them quite a bit on our long desert trips. Here he is saying 'Look! Trees!'
This is one of the good horizontal shaft mines we found. These are always nice and cool.
Of all things, my truck likes being in the absolute center of nowhere most.
Here we are comming out of a tight passageway, just crossing into Arizona. If you look on the left rock wall, you'll see a huge scrape, we figure someone dicided to take a camper thru here. Not a very good idea.
Our Saturday night campground. More trees for Chris. Actually, this is right next to a tiny year-round stream coming out from a nearby spring. This causes a 50 foot wide strip of happy plants about a mile long. In that strip are willows, aspens, frogs, and lots of other stuff. Everything is very happy, especially the aspens which could not get a better source of water and light.

Sunday, we hiked up the stream to some Native American petroglyphs. They made these by chipping away the oxidation from the surface of the iron-rich rocks of the area.


Native American petroglyphs.
Look! Aspen and Willow trees in the Desert! Wierd eh?

And sunday we headed back, but not before having lunch on top of the world.


Comments:
Matt Bell (2002-04-17): Cool pictures, I miss the desert.

lynn hillman (2002-04-23): Great trip! The open space is as pretty as the trees. Those were really nice petroglyphs!

JMB (2002-04-24): Poor Land Rover. It's gonna look like your Uncles in no time. Great pics.

Dennis Barrett (2005-02-11): I miss the desert, too.

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