2015 Trips (31)

Reports on trips taken in 2015.

Wednesday, 02 March 2016 22:15

MVRM Members Honored with Artwork

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MRVM Members Honored with Artwork

By Debbie Miller Marschke

On October 17, 2015, a mural was unveiled which pays homage to Bill “Shortfuse” Mann and Dottie “Dynamite” Mann for their contributions to the Barstow community. The mural is located on the eastern facing wall of the Union Bank, 239 E. Main Street in Barstow. Here is the inscription:

“Brubaker Mann Inc. started production in 1950 when two cousins, Ronald Brubaker and William Mann conceived a new project – naturally colored rock to be used for roofing and landscaping. Growing up in Pomona, the two men developed a love for the desert during boy scout trips to the Mojave. After serving in World War II, they went to College and a professor advised them to look for careers in construction because a post-war housing boom was underway. After graduation they bought the property where the company still is located and acquired an old crusher circa 1900, a wooden screen, and a dilapidated bucket elevator. The rock was broken with sledge hammers, fed into the mill and bagged in used sugar sacks. In 1979 Ronald Brubaker sold his share of the company to William Mann. After becoming semi-retired, Mr. Mann used his vast knowledge of the desert to author six guide books. Mr. Mann passed away in August 2006 and his wife became the sole owner.”

Dottie was very pleased with the mural and the wonderful reception that was given at the ceremony. She said that Bill would have been very proud, and would have enjoyed being in the spotlight!

Thursday, 28 January 2016 22:51

2015 -Trip Report - A Recent Trip to the Shoshone Area

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A recent trip to the Shoshone Area

By Anne Stoll

 With the upcoming DE Rondy to be held April 1 – April 3, 2016 in Shoshone, CA, I thought DEers might like a short report on doings in the general area, as we are just back from a December visit out there.


Driving through Baker before our turn to the north, we noticed the town has made a distinct shift to the east. Yes, The Mad Greek is still bustling at the intersection of Main Drag Baker and Highway 127, but to think of Baker permanently without the Bun Boy is still a shock. Thank goodness, I guess, for Dennys. The Alien Beef Jerky place had plenty of cars parked in front and the big thermometer was working – that’s the good news.

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Thursday, 28 January 2016 22:20

2015 - Trip Photos Cow Cove & Shaman's Eye

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Photos from Nelson Miller's Cow Cove & Shaman's Eye Trip

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Wednesday, 27 January 2016 23:25

2015 - Desert Explorers Christmas Party

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Christmas Party - no story but lots of fun photos!

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Wednesday, 27 January 2016 22:11

2015 - Trip Report Castaic Lake to Edwards AFB

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Wednesday, 27 January 2016 22:02

2015 - Trip Report - Carty's Camp DE Visit

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Carty's Camp DE Visit - Thanksgiving 2016

by Bob Jaussaud

A bunch of Desert Explorers and friends once again shared turkey with all the trimmings at the “bunkhouse” on the Colorado River this 2015 Thanksgiving season. During the holiday festivities, some of us were lucky enough to enjoy a visit to historic Carty’s Camp in Needles, CA on Old National Trails (later Route 66).

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Monday, 25 January 2016 23:08

2015 Trip Report - Palomar Divide Trail

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Palomar Divide Trail

November 21, 2015

by Bob Jacoby

Our group hit the jackpot as we met on Saturday morning November 21. The weather was already in the 70’s and the skies were crystal clear. We couldn’t have asked for a better day to drive the Palomar Divide Trail and enjoy the tremendous views it had to offer on a clear day. Our outstanding group consisted of myself, new member Chris Parker, Alan Wicker and friend Bob, Mal Roode, Ted Kalil, Terry and Ellen Ogden, and Bob and Sue Jaussaud.

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Thursday, 21 January 2016 23:24

2015 - Trip Report - Canyonlands, The Maze Trip

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Canyonlands, Utah, The Maze Trip

October 2015

By Bob Jaussaud

Mal had almost given up on joining us. We didn’t make it to Hanksville until the morning after our meeting time. The problem was that Nelson, Ellen, Mignon and I were having too much fun and finding too many interesting side roads during our run from Zion up Skutumpah Road to Hole-In-The- Rock. The evening we were supposed to be in Hanksville, we ran out of daylight while still in the high country south of Torrey and had to camp in the aspens, deer and beautiful Fall colors. Sorry Mal.

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Sunday, 04 October 2015 17:00

2015 - Trip Report - The White Rim Road

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The 100 + mile White Rim Road loops around and below the Island in the Sky mesa top and provides expansive views of the surrounding area.

Part of the group, which included Marian Johns, Bob and Sue Jaussaud, Glenn Shaw, Ron Lipari and Mignon Slentz met up at Hackberry, AZ. From there, we proceeded to Flagstaff and then headed north on 89 and east on 160 to camp at Navajo National Monument where we spent a pleasant, cooler evening.  Next morning before departing, we stopped at the Visitor’s Center and took a short hike on the Sandal trail to view the distant Anasazi ruins of Betatakin.

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Sunday, 04 October 2015 16:33

2015 - General Meeting photos August 29 , 2015

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There was a General Meeting at Neal and Marian's House on August 29, 2015. Check out the pictures of important topics being discussed, along with some Tomfoolery!

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