2012 Trips (21)

Trips taken in 2012.

Saturday, 24 November 2012 00:00

2012 Trip Report - Explore Arizona II

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Explore Arizona II

November 24, - December 1, 2012

Leader: Mal Roode.  Photos by Mal Roode. Story written by Neal Johns

This time , we just laid back and let someone else do the planning! Mal did a great job and a good time was had by the three vehicles that followed him wherever he went. We were gone for a week.

We met Mal at a nearby rest stop and headed for camp four miles from Wickenburg, AZ where the other two vehicles met us. The next day we explored the Agua Fria National Monument and found some petroglyphs and a historic site of one of the original settlers of this area. In camp, we were entertained by watching a large group of vehicles supporting a helicopter working on the big powerline a mile away. Busy little bee.

The next day the group decided I was too old to accompany them on a petroglyph hike and following ancient Native American custom, left me to die. I survived and we drove onward to the interestingly named Bloody Basin Road. It turned out to be named after the red hills nearby.

Friday, 20 September 2013 00:00

2012 Trip Report - White Mountains

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Date: July 21-22, 2012

On Saturday morning, our first surprise was Ted Kalil appearing at our campsite in Big Pine and announcing that everybody but Allan Wicker was already here, having coffee and ready to head for the hills! Sylvia and I had pulled in late the evening before and (ever observant) I hadn't recognized any of their vehicles. Joining Ted was Homer Meek, Mignon Slentz and Nelson Miller. Our daughter Ariel, her husband Nick and eight month old granddaughter Alice had rolled in and set up camp next to us in the wee hours of Friday night. So everybody said hello, Allan showed up and we all signed in, anxious to move out.

Normally, the Big Pine, Bishop and the Owens Valley area in summer is an oven, 90-105 degrees, but we lucked out with some light overcast and the start of some clouds, temps in the 70s. A perfect start to the trip. We left Big Pine (4200') a little after 9:00 a.m. and headed east on Highway 168, past the remnants of Zurich Station of the Carson and Colorado Railroad, over the Owens River, past the toll station site and over the Westgard Pass into Deep Springs Valley, about 25 miles of pavement total.

Friday, 20 September 2013 00:00

2012 Trip Report -Tehachapi Area Weekend

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Tehachapi Area Weekend

Date: November 3-4,  2012

Written by Leader Bob Jacoby.  Photos by Allan Wicker

We were fortunate to have good weather for a weekend of fun and education in the Tehachapi area. We met on Saturday morning at the Caliente exit from State Route 58 about 15 miles west of Tehachapi. Our outstanding group of attendees included Nan Savage, Danny and Norma Siler, Rick and Sharon Cords, Mignon Slentz, Nelson Miller, Alan and Ding Wicker, Mal Roode and Ted Kalil.

Friday, 20 September 2013 14:29

2012 Christmas Party

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2012 Annual Christmas Party

Desert Explorer's Christmas Party--December 15, 2012 at Allan and Ding Wicker's house. All who attended seemed to be having a really good time. I know they were well fed! What a potluck spread. All the food groups were well represented in all the main dishes and side dishes. And the desserts -- WOW! You couldn't do better in a top rated restaurant.

There were 23 persons in attendance: Allan & Ding Wicker, Ding's sister Gen Wentworth (visiting from Minnesota, she is a member of Desert Explorers also) , Alan & Ding's guest Ester Bhebhe from Zimbabwe (a really gorgeous young lady who readily joined into the fun of gift stealing), Neal & Marian Johns, Sunny & Jean Hansen, Bob & Sue Jaussaud, Jay Lawrence, Marilyn Martin, Terry Ogden, John & Anna Page, Ron Ross & Nancy McClean, Daniel Dick & Bobbie Sanchez, Joe Burns, Mary Jo Bartholomew, and Emmett & Ruth Harder. Wishing you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR - Ruth Harder

photos taken by Allan Wicker

Sunday, 17 November 2013 00:00

Sitka, Alaska

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The last week of August 2012 we were invited to spend a week in Sitka Alaska visiting some close friends. Sitka is actually an island in the Pacific Ocean. They planned a fun-filled week which included deep sea fishing, hiking, ATV riding, a day trip to Juneau, glaciers, great food and breath-taking scenery.

(Leading photo)  This is Mosquito Cove Trail which is a 1.5 mile gravel and boardwalk trail that includes both shoreline and forest ecosystems. We were the only people on this trail, it was around 5 p.m., and both of us had this uneasy feeling that we were not alone. We were relieved to get back to our car. A week after our trip we found out they closed this trail due to a bear attack. - Mal & Jean Roode

San Bernardino Mountains

Date: August 10, 11, 12, 2012

Written by leader Ted Kalil

Photos by Allan Wicker

When I arrived at the Greenspot Equestrian Group Campground Friday afternoon, the Nevada pilgrims, Mignon Slentz with her brand new Toyota FourRunner, and Glenn Shaw, were already there and set up, along with Jim Proffitt. Later we were joined by Marian and Neal Johns. Saturday morning Terry Ogden arrived, having come to the campground Friday evening but left after not seeing our campfire. We traveled up to Onyx Summit on SH 38, then on to Thurman Flats picnic area, where we met up with Allan Wicker and Mal Roode. From there, we went a short distance to the start of trail 1S12 where, after first making a side trip, Jim Proffitt again joined us. Then we headed towards the Morton Peak Lookout. When we got to a locked gate, though, I found that my Forest Service key was of no use because there was only a combination lock installed. So, we weren’t able to look in on the lookout.

Sunday, 17 November 2013 20:19

Ruth Harder, DE Chairperson

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As the recently installed president of the Desert Explorers, and since many of you do not know me, I thought I would tell you a little about myself and my life.

Anza Borrego Wildflower Wander

March 23 - 25 2012

by Deb Miller Marschke

Our group came together on Friday March 23,2012 , meeting  at the Borrego Springs traffic circle / park.  Steve and I met up with Allan  Wicker, Terry Ogden, Nan Savage and her daughter Kathryn, Larry Boerio, and Alan & Karen Hodes (with doggies Scruffy & Shadow. ) .  Before meeting the group, we  had determined that the wildflowers were not yet blooming in Coyote Canyon.  We  motored  south of Borrego Springs on the highway, leaving the pavement of SR-xx  into Mine Wash.   We stopped and poked around the area of the Indian Mortero  site, where aboriginal peoples had used the rock formations as morteros and  grinding stones.  Many granding slicks and mortero  holes gave testimony that  this was a preferred food processing site for the native peoples who called  these lands “home” for thousands of years.  The ethnographic data calls these  Indian people the “Kumeyaay”, whom favored a base camp sytle of residency (note  that their northern neighbors were the Cahilla).  From what I had read, the  Kumeyaay favored Mine Gulch due to it’s diversity in plant and animal life.   This diversity is still very much in evidence today.

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2012 Rondy Trip -Inbound to Needles

Friday, April 13 , 2012

Leaders: Sue and Bob Jaussaud

  As  Snoopy would begin this tale, "It was a dark and stormy night"...  But wait!  That describes the END of the trip, when raindrops splattered our windshield as  we descended Eagle Pass into Needles after a full day sharing our recent desert  discoveries. (Thanks are due here to Mary and Charles Hughes, who accompanied us  on several scouting trips in the weeks before the Rondy.)

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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

2012 Trip Report - San Andreas Fault Tour II

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San Andreas Fault Tour II

April 21 &22, 2012

Leaders: Bill Neill and Bob Jacoby &

Our substantial group  met on a beautiful Saturday morning in the parking lot of the Shell station in beautiful downtown  Devore. Like most of the places we visited on this two day trip, we were either  right on the fault or very, very close to it.

     This was the second of at least two trips along the fault. (The original  trip, over a year ago, went from Brawley to the San Bernardino area.) Our group  at this point consisted of 13 vehicles including Alan and Ding Wicker, Emmett  and Ruth Harder who live less than a mile away, Leonard Friedman, Nelson Miller,  Nan Savage and her friend Linda Puffer, Rick Cords, Robert Day, Barbara and Ron  Midlikoski, Danny and Norma Siler, Daniel Dick and Bobbie Sanchez, Craig Baker  and Mal Roode. Bob Jacoby as well as Bill and Gwen Neill were in the lead car.

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