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2005 Trips (6)

Trips taken in 2005.

Sunday, 02 February 2014 00:00

2005 Trip Report - Southern Sequoia

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SOUTHERN SEQUOIA TRIP

July 16-17, 2005
Led by Marian Johns and John Page
Reported by Nan Savage

Participants: Shirley and Bob Bolin, Sunny and Jean Hansen, Marian and Neal Johns, Gordon Lohan, Homer Meek, John Page, Nan Savage, Betty Wallin and Don Sweinhart, and Al Walter.

We met Saturday morning at the Jawbone Station, BLM office, on Highway 14, north of Mojave at 10 AM – a very reasonable time for a start – thank you trip leaders!  We were surprised, or was I, to see Gordon Lohan, who lives in Cantil, there picking up his mail.  Perfect timing.  Gordon then spontaneously joined us and took us to a pictograph site he knew of up Jawbone Canyon Road.  We scrambled up some loose rocks to view it; already the temperature was rising! 

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South Park, Panamint Mountains:  Plan B gets an “A”

 By: Allan Wicker (narrator) and Alan Romspert

It was hot, the Thursday before the last weekend in August.  The weather forecaster was warning of possible record high temperatures in the Inland Valley.  And I was packing up for Alan Romspert’s trip to Death Valley National Park.  What was I thinking when I signed up?  Even the trip description warned “it will be hot this time of year in the lower elevations and probably at our camp locations in Pleasant Canyon and South Park.”  Still I wanted to get away, and Alan’s trips are always as informative as he is mellow. 

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Sunday, 02 February 2014 00:00

2005 Trip Report - El Rosario Festival

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El Rosario Festival

July 22, 23, 24, 2005
By Neal Johns

Oh boy! Marian is on her death bed and I went to a beauty contest; am I in trouble? Do bears do it in the woods? Boy, am I in trouble.

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Sunday, 02 February 2014 00:00

2005 DE Rendezvous - Apple Valley , CA

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Rendezvous 2005 at The Lone Wolf Colony RV Park , Apple Valley CA

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Sunday, 02 February 2014 00:00

2005 Trip Report - Railroad to Bodie

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Railroad to Bodie

September 16 - 18, 2005
Led and reported by Gary "Cranky" Thomas

I pre-ran this trip a day before I met up with the group and while that has some advantages I don't think I will do that again. Met John and Nancy Hoopes at the Von's parking lot in Bishop at 9:00, bought some things we needed for the trip then headed out to Laws Railroad Museum. That is quite a place with a lot to see. They have rebuilt the old Death Valley rail car and have plans to start putting the rail bed in shape so they can run it in to Bishop. Take the time go by see it and all the other things they have. Left the museum and headed up the hill to obsidian dome where you can see a mountain of glass mixed in with pumice, ash and lava. Some of these blocks are the size of a car and the dome covers about a mile. We then went back to 395, turned north and went to Pumice Road where we turned right to the punch bowl. This area had four big blowouts in the past and looks like volcanos but is level with the ground. They are 300 to 1,000 yards across and took place over a long time. We stopped at the corner of 395 and 120 to look at the grave of the unknown prospector and some of the things people have left.

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Chloride, AZ ,Old Rte. 66 and Ancient Indian Sites
By Mal and Jean Roode

Leaders: Mary and Charles Hughes, Joni and Jerry Harada

On our way out to Chloride, we stopped in Amboy and saw a Nissan that looked just like Allan Wicker's. Lo and behold it WAS Allan Wicker! We joined up with Allan and drove the rest of the way to Chloride, chattin' away on channel 13. Base camp was at the home of the Harada's. Mrs. Harada, Jerry¹s mom, welcomed us and invited us into her home for a delicious bowl of hot soup and crackers. Carlos, Debbie and Steve were already there when we arrived. After our arrival, came Emmett and Ruth Harder, Sunny and Jean Hansen and Charles Hughes. Mary Hughes was delayed and arrived just before our departure that next morning. Jerry and Joni were also delayed and arrived sometime that evening.

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