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2007 Trips (17)

Trips taken in 2007.

Sunday, 02 February 2014 00:00

2007 Trip Report - Quartzsite

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Quartzsite 2007

by Neal Johns

Quartzsite never changes, Quartzsite is always different! This year there was a bigger crowd in Quartzsite than usual overall, while many of the usual DE suspects and hanger-on¹s did not show up at our campsite. Marian and I, along with ex-brother-in-law Bill (Willie) Young, from Whidbey Island, WA, got there Wednesday afternoon. When I married Marian, somehow I forgot to tell her about all my weird ex-relatives. Heh, heh, heh.

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Sunday, 02 February 2014 00:00

2007 Trip Photos - Pisgah Day Adventure

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Hike to Panamint City

by Debbie Miller Marschke

Ever since I had read of the fate of historic 1800's Panamint City,  I yearned to see it for myself.  Panamint City was one of those godless mining towns - teeming with boozing, gambling, whoring, and of course the coveted "color" the men were all wrangling over. The silver mine was said to have been a rival for the Comstock.   Justice was administered one bullet at a time. Cradled high in the mountain canyons of Death Valley's Panamint Range, 6300 feet is a tough trek, even with a road. So I suspect that all the local preachers had their arms raised to the heavens in a victory cry when mother nature unleashed a savage rainstorm that produced the Biblical flash flood that destroyed Panamint City in one night. They say it was the "hand of God" wiping the evil away.

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Trip Report - Anza-Borrego  Wildflowers, ‘07

By Allan Schoenherr and Alan Romspert

Allan and Alan arrived at Palm Spring in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, about noon on Thursday, April 5.  Christine Urbach and her nephew Jon Lawton arrived a short time later, followed by Pat and Emily Murphy.  We had a quick lunch and set out to scout our route for the following day and to search out those elusive wildflowers.  According to reports from park personnel, this is one of the driest years on record.  Contrasting with last year’s two -inch torrent which fell during our wildflower trip, this year the park received, so far, only 3/4 inch of rain all year.

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Sunday, 02 February 2014 00:00

2007 DE Rendezvous Recap - Amboy

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Rendezvous Retrospective - Amboy

by Allan Wicker

It was cool and windy when I left Claremont Thursday morning of the Rendezvous weekend.  I called ahead to let Bob and Nancy Dodds I’d be later than our appointed time to load tables from the Mojave River Valley Museum into the Dodds’ truck to be transported to the Amboy Rendezvous site.  By the time I arrived, all but two of the tables were sitting in the truck.   It was cold and windy in Barstow as well. 

 Bob said that there had been an accident east of Barstow on I-40, so we would need to take old Highway 66.  Our caravan to Amboy included Bob and Nancy in separate vehicles, with their truck and a trailer loaded with a generator, electrical cords, and other supplies.   They also pulled their camp trailer.

From Highway 66 we could see the backup of vehicles stopped on I-40.  An ambulance streaked toward Barstow.  We later learned that two people died in a multi-vehicle crash apparently caused by blowing sand.  Much of the I-40 traffic was diverted to Route 66, but it kept moving—for a while.  After we had passed by the spot, a second crash on 66 caused it to be closed as well. 

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Sunday, 02 February 2014 00:00

2007 Trip Reports - San Gabriel Mountains

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San Gabriel Mountains

Leaders, Neal & Marian Johns

By Jean Hansen

After hosting the May Desert Explorers meeting, Leaders Neal & MarianJohns, apparently not having had enough of all of us, let an excellent trip upLytle Creek and into the San Gabriel Mountains. They led trip participants Jay Lawrence, Ken Sears, Tommy Perasso, Bob & Shirley Bolin, Ted Kalil, Sunny & Jean Hansen and Allan & Din Wicker on several 4X4 roads which I didnot know even existed! The scenery was spectacular and the weather wasbeautiful. Along the way, we saw several shrubs in bloom, which Marianidentified as Ceanothus (which some people refer to as “mountain lilac”) and Fremontodendron ( “flannel bush”). After exploring several roads to their respective ends, Marian and Neal led us on a fantastic road up to the ridgeline where we were able to look out at Lytle Creek and further up, the entire high desert. From that point, we eventually descended to Lone Pine Canyon Road, where we all separated to head home. Thanks, Neal & Marian!





Sunday, 02 February 2014 00:00

2007 Trip photos - Burro Schmidt Tunnel

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Sunday, 02 February 2014 00:00

2007 Trip photos - White Mountains Bristlecone

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Sunday, 02 February 2014 00:00

2007 Trip Reports - Mt. Baldy

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Sunday, 02 February 2014 00:00

2007 Trip Report - Goldstone Deep Space Center

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Goldstone

September 15, 2007
By Bob Dodds
Those on board were; Myself and Nancy, Mal and Jean Roode, Allan Wicker, Bob and  Shirley Bolin, Craig Baker, Nan Savage, Don Sweinhart, Betty Wallin, Chuck and  Lois Lahmeyer, Bob Younger (drove from Santa Barbara to join us,"What A Guy")  and Dave Romero and Osa. Luck was with us again. We had perfect weather.

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