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2001 Trips (8)

Trips taken in 2001.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 00:00

2001 Trip Report - Kofa Mountains

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The Kofa Mountains Trip

February 17 through 19,  2001

by Bob Jaussaud

They were known as the S.H. Mountains because of the distinctive outhouse profile you can see when looking at them from the west. Later, the name  was changed to the Short Horn Mountains to meet with the sensibilities of the gentler sex. Then, after Charlie Eichelberger sat down to rest in a  shelter cave and saw the gold vein that gave birth to the "King of  Arizona" Mine, these rugged mountains in southwestern Arizona became know as the  KOFAs.

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Wednesday, 22 January 2014 00:00

2001 Trip Report -Trout Creek

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Betty Wallin’s Oft-postponed Trout Creek Trip

Reported by John Page

What a great trip! A fine group, perfect weather, a  scenic 4wd route, and interesting people to meet and talk with. What more could one ask for?

Some of the “hardy’s” from the April trip:  Homer Meek, Don Sweinhart, Tim and Alice Cannon, and John Page, along with  first-timer Robert Floth and his passenger joined up with Betty Wallin in  the outskirts of beautiful Yucca, Arizona early the morning of Saturday, June 9.

We were soon at the Antler Mine [home of the mineral "Antlerite"] which we took the  time to explore and admire; the buildings were nicely built and the piles  of core samples in deteriorating cardboard filing racks told of a  professional, fairly modern mining operation. Betty had tried to get  information about the mine on the internet before the trip, but was  unsuccessful. Where is Dan Messersmith when you need him? Probably screwing around somewhere on the Arizona Strip.

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Thursday, 23 January 2014 00:00

2001 Trip Report - Rendezvous - Jail Canyon

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Jail Canyon        

By Ana Romero and Robb Anderson

Originally this was supposed to be the Hunter Mountain trip. But, hope turned into despair when the 3 foot snow drifts kept the mountain closed to all vehicles. So, just three short days before the Rendezvous, I (Ana) went with John Page, Bob and Marilyn Martin, and Annie Bunch, to scout an alternative trip. Naturally, I asked some of the locals for suggestions;  and, to my delight, they turned me onto Jail Canyon and the exceptionally well-preserved mine at its end. So, that is the story of why Hunter Mountain got cancelled and Jail Canyon took its place - and, I’m sticking to it! Eleven brave souls decided to take their chances with us. 

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Thursday, 23 January 2014 00:00

2001 Trip Report - Rendezvous - Panamint Dunes Hike

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Panamint Sand Dunes  Hike         

by: Vicki Hill

On Sunday morning, when everyone else had taken off from Panamint Springs in a roar of dust, a few hardy hikers set off for a SHORT drive to start a walk to the sand dunes. We were looking for any wildflowers that might have been sticking up their heads, but it was too early. Instead we  saw beetle tracks and a stray lizard or two. However, the weather was  beautiful and provided some of us the first touch of sunburn for the  season. The walk was a little over two miles slightly uphill to the edge  of the dunes. Thank you to the 11 others who joined me and made this walk  interesting and fun. Getting out and examining the dunes up close is so  much better than seeing them in the distance. And the view of Panamint Valley from there is the best.

You can really see the dry lake from that vantage point, and the dunes  themselves are pristine. No footprints or tire tracks mar their surface unlike other dunes that are easier to get to. It was a relaxing way to end the weekend, and maybe next time there will be some flowers.

Thursday, 23 January 2014 00:00

2001 Trip Report - Rendezvous - Titus Canyon

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Titus Canyon

By John Page

It was billed as a mild, laid-back trip and, thank goodness, that’s the way it turned out!

By 8:30 am, James Proffitt; David  and Leslie Walker; MayBelle and Jonathan Lipking; Ted and Joan Berger and  Mel and ?? Patterson?; Homer Meek and family; Terry, Eileen and Katie Ogden; Gordon Lohan?; Betty Wallin; Mike and Phyllis Aguilar, and C? and  F? Awabde?; and Bob, Nancy and Trent Dodds, formed up  behind me, John Page, and my passenger, Graham Mackintosh.

The Dodds agreed to take last  place in the 11-vehicle caravan and, for the duration of the trip, gave a textbook-perfect example of how to sweep. Each of my transmissions was  either echoed (directions, stops, etc.) or acknowledged (trivia). The Dodds warned us when impatient vehicles were overtaking us on the highway and they acted as rear guards in Titus Canyon, telling us it was OK to stop for photo-opps at several of the more scenic spots on the one-way road.

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Thursday, 23 January 2014 00:00

2001 Trip Report - Arizona and New Mexico

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The Johns' AZ-NM Trip  - May 13-19, 2001

This version by Ann Fulton      

The Johns met the rest of us in Superior, Arizona--John and Ann Fulton, Ron Ross, Nancy MacLean, Chuck and Genice Kalmbach, Bill Ott, Tim Cannon, Vic Antonovich, and new members Robert and Viola Floth. A cloudburst of dramatic proportions with thunder, lightning, and copious downpour was promptly visited upon our newly assembled group. This sort of set the tone for the rest of the trip. When  spring monsoons threatened every late afternoon, the choice du jour for some of our group was the nearest motel–while the hearty with their portable roofs (and portable other things) stuck it out with the elements. It’s rumored the daily availability of cushy accommodations had something to do with John Fulton’s setting a new record by hanging in there five days instead of his usual two or three for a week-long trip.

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Thursday, 23 January 2014 00:00

2001 Trip Report - Southeast Oregon

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The Johns' Southeast Oregon Trip, 2001

SOUTHEAST OREGON JULY 23-28 2001 
by Marian Johns 

 

We couldn't have asked for better traveling companions. We heard no whining - well, maybe an occasional mumble or grumble about the dust. We saw some scenic wonders you seldom read or hear about. The eastern half of Oregon is a virtual desert with sparse vegetation and low rainfall, courtesy of the Cascade Mountains which capture and hold moisture on their Pacific side. Luckily for us, the desert clime also limits human settlements. On the other hand, gung ho environmentalists who also covet the beauty and solitude of this land are in the process of restricting access and "protecting" it from the likes of us by creating Wilderness, Wild and Scenic Rivers and new national monuments. (Just had to put my two cents worth of opinion in here.)

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Thursday, 23 January 2014 00:00

2001 Trip Report - Calico Area

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Calico Mine Area December 15, 2001
by Robb Anderson

When I woke up early Saturday morning, I was hoping that the weather was good for a trip out to the desert. I opened the window and was greeted by clear blue skies. Ana and I met Annie with her blue Jeep at Cajon Summit at 8:30 and continued on to the Barstow Museum to meet the rest of our crew at 9:30.

We arrived a few minutes early, so the three of us bought fuel at the Chevron station across the street. As I swiped my credit card at the pump, an exotic vehicle pulled up behind my 4Runner. It was a 1985 Mercedes Benz 280-GE Wagon! This had to be the vehicle Ana's friend and new member to the DE club had just purchased! And it was. Joe McCormick and Patty Heidman got out and greeted us, and in the same sentence, they said they didn't even know how to shift the darn thing into 4 wheel drive! I told them that this was to be an easy trip and that we should be able to figure it out. What I was thinking, was why do "they" always seem to show up on my trips? At least they were very enthusiastic.

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